Draped Bust Dollar Small Eagle - The First Redesign Of America’s Coinage

Substitution of the brief Flowing Hair design was a direct result of the Mint's change in leadership. David Rittenhouse resigned as the Mint’s first director in June 1795, succeeded by Henry William DeSaussure. DeSaussure’s first order of business was to improve the designs of all the denominations. The production of the Draped Bust/Small Eagle dollar lasted only four years, from 1795 to 1798, before a large, heraldic eagle replaced this small eagle.