Ron Guth: The obverse of all 1797 Silver Dollars contains 16 stars, representing the thirteen original colonies (now states), plus the new states that were added after the country was formed. The stars appear in either of two formats: 10 on the left side and 6 on the right, or 9 on the left and 7 on the right. Only one die variety (B-3, BB-71) comprises the entirety of the 10x6 format, and the 10x6 version is approximately twice as rare as the 9x7.
"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $75 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33502, $440,625 - Bruce Morelan Collection
William F. Gable Collection, before 1901 - S.H. Chapman 5/1914:627 - Bowers & Ruddy 5/1974:16 - Bowers & Ruddy 12/1975:1214 - acquired on the bourse of the February 1986 American Numismatic Convention in Salt Lake City - Paramount (David Akers), sold privately in 3/1987 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4017, $188,000
B. Max Mehl Fixed Price List from the 1930s - Norman Schultz, sold privately circa 1972 - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5193, $182,267.18
Elliott Smith Collection - J.C. Morgenthau, sold privately - T. James Clarke Collection - New Netherlands 4/1956:620 - Farish Baldenhofer - Milferd H. Bolender, sold privately in 1959 - Alfred and Jackie Ostheimer Collection - Lester Merkin 9/1968:243, $900 - Joseph O’Connor - Jack Lee Collection - Heritage 11/2005:2190, $149,500 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7394, $258,750 - Heritage 4/2015:5131, $223,250