Silver Dollar Blog - A List of all the United States Dollar Coins

Feb 09, 2012

Early Dollar Coins - The Coinage Act of 1792 authorized the production of dollar coins from silver. In the early years there is the Flowing Hair (1794-1795) and Draped Bust (1795-1804) Each die was hand engraved because of this dozens of varieties are known to exist.

The 1804 Dollar - The 1804 Dollar is one of the rarest and most famous coins! Records indicate that 19,750 silver dollars were struck in 1804. The only problem they all used the old but still usable dies dated 1803. It wasn't until 1834 when the U.S. Department of State was creating a set of coins as a gift that they used a die with an 1804 date. There are eight of these coins known to exist. 

Seated Liberty Dollar (1836-1873) - denominations that had the Seated Liberty design was the half dime, the dime, the quarter, the half dollar, the silver dollar as well as the twenty cent piece. The Seated Liberty was minted in Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco and Carson City

Gold Dollar Coins (1849-1889)  Because the coin was composed of 90% pure gold take into account the high value of gold making this coin the second smallest coin in the US coinage history. First goes to the silver three cent piece. 

Trade Dollar (1873-1885) - The Trade Dollar was minted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Carson City and San Francisco. The United States Congress started the Trade Dollar to improve trade with the Orient. 

Morgan Dollar (1878-1904; 1921) - The Morgan dollar is named after the engraver George T. Morgan. On the obverse side of the coin their is a profile representing Liberty with the reverse an eagle with wings outstretched. The coin was minted between 1878-1904 and once again in 1921 thanks to the Pittman Act in 1918 that authorized the melting of millions of silver dollars. This allowed the Morgan Silver Dollar to resume mintage for one final year in 1921!

Peace Dollar (1921-1935; 1964) - The Peace Dollar was minted from 1921 to 1928 and again in 1934 and 1935. Anthony De Francisci is the designer of the Peace Dollar. A contest was held and he was the the winner. They were looking for a design that said "Peace"

Release of Dollars by the United States Treasury, the GSA Sale -Of course the size and weight of a dollar coin made them not a favorite.  Between the 1930's to the early 1960's bags were released to banks in order to be distributed as gifts which folks thought made a good Christmas gift.. Then a rare 1903-O Morgan Silver Dollar was found  which made the treasury think twice about just handing them out like that. Next the GSA General Services Administration was authorized to sell these coins to the public in a series of mail-bid sales. 

Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978) - Designed by Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro. On the obverse depicting Dwight D. Eisenhower and the reverse is an insignia of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There was also a 1976 bicentennial commemorative design minted between 1975-1976 this design had the liberty bell and the moon on the reverse, but the obverse still had Eisenhower. 

Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-1981: 1999) - Sometimes called Suzy or Susan B the coin depicted Susan B. Anthony the first non-fictitious woman portrayed on a coin. As for size it was almost the same size as the quarter. Because of this fact it was never a big hit therefore it had a short run. However it was brought back in 1999 for one year when the Treasury reserves were low.

Sacagawea Dollar (2000-present) - No verified image exists of Sacagawea so designer Glenna Goodacre used Randy'L He-dow Teton as Shoshone Indian as the model for the coin. The coin has not been released to the general public since 2001 as of 2011 the coin was still being minted for collectors. You can purchase uncirculated rolls, proof sets and mint sets. 

Presidential Dollar Coin (2007-2011) - Presidential $1Coin Act was created they were hoping for the interest seen in the 50 State Quarters. The program was supposed to run until 2016 but was canceled to save money.



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