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.
If you’re interested in learning more about
collectible coins in Rockville, MD
, come see us at Coins of the Realm. We sell collectible coins, rare stamps,
and precious metals, and are also members of a national computer network
that provides live coverage of the coin and precious metal industry. To
learn more about our services, call us today at (301) 340-1640.