Tag: silver coins

Half Dollars – Barber Half Dollar, 1892-1915

Half Dollars – Barber Half Dollar, 1892-1915

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed for change of coin designs every 25 years, and the dime, quarter, and half dollar were eligible for a redesign in 1891. An initial competition to come up with a new design was opened only to 10 eminent U.S. sculptors, but when those invited presented a list of […]

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Half Dollars – Liberty Walking Half Dollar, 1916-1947

Half Dollars – Liberty Walking Half Dollar, 1916-1947

Description: Charles Barber’s half dollar design was introduced in 1892, a beneficiary of the provision of the Mint Act of 1890 which allowed for the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. And so it was in 1916 that Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar were also set aside; […]

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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 Ross was interested in using Benjamin Franklin’s image on […]

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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 on one of the U.S. silver coins. The tragic death of the dynamic and popular President was to result in […]

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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 apiece for the chief coiner and assayer, each of whose pay was $1,500 per year. Mint […]

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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 used on the fractional copper and silver coins as well, it first appeared […]

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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 appeared on dimes in 1798, but not on half dimes until 1800, […]

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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 Robert M. Patterson, that efforts to actually produce the coin moved forward. The dollar was considered […]

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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 the positive connotation today, the times were anything but OK. Concerned about the growing use of state bank notes to pay […]

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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 early 1860’s, Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase received a suggestion from a Pennsylvania […]

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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 use because it was lighter in weight than competing Spanish or Mexican dollars. The problem was addressed by Congress […]

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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 commerce. In 1873 Congress responded to this recurring issue by suspending production of […]

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Dollars – 1921 Peace Dollar – High Relief

Dollars – 1921 Peace Dollar – High Relief

Description: The Peace Dollar is a silver United States dollar coin minted from 1921 to 1928, then again in 1934 and 1935. Early proposals for the coin called for a commemorative issue to coincide with the end of World War I, but the Peace Dollar was issued as a circulating coin. The original inspiration for […]

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