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Know your U.S. coins: Seated Liberty dollar

The only noticeable remainder during the 33 years the Seated Liberty dollar was struck occurred in 1866 when the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse. Thirty-three years is n’t a very long life by most people ‘s reckoning. But if the Seated Liberty silver dollar design had a gravestone that ‘s the story the dates 1840 to 1873 would tell.

It was fair three years after the Seated Liberty design was used on the half dime that the Seated Liberty silver dollar was introduced .
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By the fourth dimension a new design for the silver dollar was presented ( William Barber ‘s Trade dollar, which was a variation of the Seated Liberty purpose ), the concept of a Seated Liberty with Liberty cap, pole and carapace seemed to have run its course.

alone one early appellation would be struck with the design after production of the silver dollar ceased in 1873 – the ephemeral 20-cent mint.

Both the flatware dollar and the one-half dime denominations bearing the christian Gobrecht-Robert Hughes-Thomas Sully concept were discontinued in 1873.

It would be about another 20 years before the blueprint disappeared from the U.S. Mint engravers ‘ repertory all in all.

There are some similarities to the Trade dollar invention adopted in 1873 : a seat allegorical visualize representing Liberty and an eagle on the reverse. But the similarity ends there.

The Seated Liberty silver dollar retains drapery behind Liberty ‘s left elbow. The design does n’t require the arrows and rays used on previous incarnations of the design on lower denominations because the silver content remained firm throughout its footrace.

The lone obtrusive deviation during the 33 years this type of argent dollar was struck occurred in 1866 when Treasury officials decreed all $ 20 gold doubly eagles, $ 10 amber eagles, $ 5 gold half eagles, argent dollars, half dollars and quarter dollars were to incorporate the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse.

On the Seated Liberty plan, the motto appears on a ribbon below the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and above the eagle ‘s head. The denomination, located beneath the eagle ‘s feet, is expressed as ONE DOL. The eagle even bears a carapace on its breast and arrows and an olive branch in its talons. The caption UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears along the top half of the reverse.

Seated Liberty dollars are collected by date and Mint grade and by major varieties. The key and semi-key dates are so numerous ( 21 and eight respectively ) that most collectors shy aside from trying to complete such a rig.

A dispatch collection of Seated Liberty dollars, dated 1840 through 1873 comprises 46 coins.

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Dimes and half dimes:

Half dollars:
Gold coins:

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