A Look at Silver Dollar Designs from Throughout American History

If you’re interested in coin collecting, you probably enjoy hearing about the history of rare coins and collectible coins. The first silver dollar coins were struck in the United States in 1794, using the flowing hair design. Here is a look at some of the most well-known silver dollar designs throughout American history.

Flowing Hair Type

The flowing hair design was the first design used on the first silver dollars that were minted in 1794. This design was created by Robert Scot, and was only used until 1795, when it was replaced with the draped bust design. There are only approximately 150-200 silver dollars remaining in the flowing hair design, so it is one of the most rare coins available.

Seated Liberty Type

The United States Mint’s chief engraver, Christian Gobrecht, designed the seated liberty silver dollar. It was minted from 1840-1873, and was the last silver dollar to be struck before the Coinage Act of 1873, which temporarily ended the production of silver dollars for American currency. The seated liberty coin was the first to include the phrase “In God We Trust,” which was added in 1866.

Eisenhower Silver Dollar

The Eisenhower silver dollar was minted between 1971 and 1978. The coin was designed by Frank Gasparo, and depicts President Dwight D. Eisenhower. There are no Eisenhower silver dollars that are dated 1975; instead, the coins that were minted in that year and in 1976 both bear the dates 1776-1976. These coins have a special image on the reverse in honor of the bicentennial of American independence. Because this design had a short run and was modestly priced, sets are becoming more and more popular among coin collectors.


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