Bust Dollar Values

Bust dollar values for this colonial series begin at the $600 level. Imagine a heavily worn silver dollar minted between 1794 and 1803 is worth at least $600.

Early US Bust Dollar

If your coin has never been cleaned and in just slightly better condition, you possess a treasure of $1100 or more.

Avidly collected and studied, there is a ready market for your coin. The question is, how do you get the highest value? Answer: By judging its condition accurately.

Everyone hopes for a rare date but these are rarely encountered. You have a better chance of finding a high value coin by finding a better condition coin.

The valuable Bust dollar pictured is a better condition coin highly sought by collectors. See more about how to "Grade" the condition your Bust dollar below.

Bust Dollar Values and What Dealers Pay

The chart clearly shows a wide range of values. Use it as an approximate guide. Note: Following the value chart is a discussion on grading services. Because of such high values I urge you to submit your coin to one of these services.

Bust Dollar Values
 Condition of Coin
  Bust Dollar Values Updated 2016
Flowing Hair Variety
1794 $58,100 RARE RARE RARE
1795 $1,696 $3,085 $5,415 RARE
Draped Bust Variety | Small Eagle Reverse
1795 $1,075 $2,317 $4,640 RARE
1796 $1,097 $2,036 $5,072 RARE
1797 $1,233 $2,002 $4,903 RARE
1798 $1,250 $2,391 $6,312 RARE
Draped Bust Variety | Heraldic Eagle Reverse
1798 $679 $989 $2,725 $14,268
1799 $653 $1,111 $2,555 $10,690
1800 $600 $967 $2,550 $10,401
1801 $686 $1,208 $2,961 $12,527
1802 $693 $1,179 $2,673 $14,805
1803 $659 $1,069 $2,978 $18,305

The above are wholesale coin values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling.

Variations in value do occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs. However, Bust Dollars are very popular and currently in strong demand. For more background information, see how value listings in the Coin Value Guide are determined.

High Coin Values are Conditional

Your Bust dollar values depend on collectors and they are searching for the best condition coins they can afford for their collections. By necessity, each coin is carefully examined and the amount of wear is determined. A "Grade" is assigned and from there an accurate value begins to emerge.

Understand a large difference in value is often due to a small difference in wear. Compare your coins to the grading images below. Look closely at the amount of hair detail on Liberty and feather detail on the eagle's wings. Don't clean or rub your coins to get a clear view, use a magnifying glass. These coins are that important.

Bust Dollar Grading

Not sure of the "Grade?" Often the distinguishing feature between grades is very subtle. If you possess one of these treasures, today's high Bust dollar values warrant professional help.

Collectors and dealers consider PCGS and NGC as leaders in coin grading services. Seek their advice. They both authenticate and grade your coin. The small fee you pay provides assurance you understand and receive the full value of your coin.

It is also helpful to know grading a coin is not an exact science. It is your opinion, dealers and collectors have their own opinions... and they can all differ slightly.

Check a few rare coin dealers listings, look for those offering early Bust dollars similar to yours. Their listings and prices usually include a notation of the NGC or PCGS assigned grade. Additionally, these coin dealers are potential buyers of your coins.

A Leader in Bust Dollar Values

The 1794: First dollar coin minted and every collector desires one. However the entry price of ownership is over $58,000. Somehow that does not stop spirited bidding from erupting when one is featured at auction. Yours may not be a 1794 but any Bust Silver Dollar is a numismatic treasure. What to do?

Consider your group of coins as the beginning of a coin collection. The start of an enjoyable and rewarding hobby. If that is not for you, one successful approach is to sell all your heavily worn coins in exchange for one nice rare coin. Pass the thrill of a rare coin on to your children.

Values in the Future?

Bust dollar values are headed Up... sometimes quickly, often steadily year by year. Values are driven by collectors who consider these majestic coins very desirable. They often specialize in only Bust Dollars forming extensive collections.

With steady to growing demand, the future is bright and values are sure to rise. Return whenever curious or if you are considering selling.

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Coin values spanning 140 years. Discover the many rare dates, mintmarks and varieties. Next, "Grading" Images to evaluate the condition of your coins and find the true value of your silver dollars. From early dollars in 1794 to the Liberty Seated variety 1840-1873. Next the ever popular Morgan Dollar to the Peace Dollars ending in 1935.

Do you have other coin denominations?

Coin Values Discovery... finds Bust Dollar Values and... All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts, grading images and descriptions uncover how much your box of old coins is worth.

Print the Coin Values Worksheet - link in navigation column - to list your Bust dollars and record their values. Should you decide to sell... use the worksheet as an invoice and packing slip when sending coins through the mail to dealers. It indicates you have done your coin values homework, very important with today's high values.