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Half Dollars – Franklin Half Dollar, 1948-1963

Half Dollars – Franklin Half Dollar, 1948-1963

Description: The half dollar was eligible for a change in the early 1940s based on the Act of September 26, 1890, which specified that a coin design could be modified if it had been in use for a minimum of 25 years. Mint Director Nellie Tayloe... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Kennedy Half Dollar, Silver, 1964

Half Dollars – Kennedy Half Dollar, Silver, 1964

Description: Within a few days of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Mint Director Eva Adams notified Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts of the Treasury Department’s intent to place Kennedy’s portrait... read more »

 

Dollars – Flowing Hair Dollar, 1794-1795

Dollars – Flowing Hair Dollar, 1794-1795

Description: The dollar was authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, although production of the coins did not happen until November, 1794. The primary reason for the delay was the excessive bonding requirement specified by Congress: $10,000... read more »

 

Dollars – Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle, 1795-1798

Dollars – Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle, 1795-1798

Description: The year 1795 was the second year of U.S. silver dollar production, and the coins produced were both the earlier Flowing Hair type and the newer Draped Bust type. The obverse was by Robert Scot, and though the Liberty portrait was... read more »

 

Dollars – Draped Bust Dollar, Heraldic Eagle, 1798-1804

Dollars – Draped Bust Dollar, Heraldic Eagle, 1798-1804

Description: Two reverse designs were used on 1798 dollars. The first displayed a smaller eagle surrounded by a wreath, the second a larger eagle in a style that copied the heraldry of the Great Seal of the United States. This second style also... read more »

 

Dollars – Gobrecht Dollar 1836-1839

Dollars – Gobrecht Dollar 1836-1839

Description: The suspension of silver dollar production was lifted in 1831 under Mint Director Samuel Moore, enabling resumption of the mintage of a coin not made in this country since 1804. It wasn’t until 1835 however, under Mint Director... read more »

 

Dollars – Liberty Seated Dollar No Motto, 1840-1866

Dollars – Liberty Seated Dollar No Motto, 1840-1866

Description: In the 1840 reelection campaign of president Martin Van Buren the phrase “O.K.” came into use, derived from the “Old Kinderhook” nickname that was in reference to his Kinderhook, New York birthplace. Despite... read more »

 

Dollars – Liberty Seated Dollar With Motto, 1866-1873

Dollars – Liberty Seated Dollar With Motto, 1866-1873

Description: The With Motto Seated dollar was the third of the type, following both the initial Gobrecht dollar with its dramatic soaring eagle on the reverse, and the No Motto Liberty dollar. As the nation moved closer to open conflict in the... read more »

 

Dollars – Trade Dollar, 1873-1885

Dollars – Trade Dollar, 1873-1885

Description: Though Gobrecht/Liberty Seated dollars were the first silver dollars produced for domestic use since 1804, most did not extensively circulate but were instead sent overseas as bullion. However, the U.S. dollar was devalued for that... read more »

 

Dollars – Morgan Dollar, 1878-1921

Dollars – Morgan Dollar, 1878-1921

Description: Though it might seem to be a modern phenomenon, the problem of uncirculating dollar coins has a long history. The metal value of these large silver coins often lead to them being melted as bullion rather than being spent for everyday... read more »

 
 
 
 
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