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Silver Eagles (1986 to Date)

The American Eagle Silver Coins have been produced and sold in both proof and bullion finishes. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is struck only in the one-troy ounce size, which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The obverse design features a rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman's magnificent Walking Liberty design, an ever-hopeful Lady Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes, carrying branches of laurel and oak in her arms to symbolize both civil and military glory. The reverse design, by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, features a striking heraldic eagle with shield, olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.


Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-1999)

The Susan B. Anthony dollar is minted from 1979 to 1981, and again in 1999. It features Susan B. Anthony on a dollar coin. It was the first circulating U.S. coin with the portrait of an actual woman rather than an allegorical female figure such as 'Liberty'. The reverse depicts an eagle flying above the moon (with the Earth in the background), a design adapted from the Apollo 11 mission insignia that was also present on the previously issued Eisenhower Dollar. It was one of the most unpopular coins in American history (the coin does not containt any silver).


Ike Dollar (1971-1978)

The Eisenhower dollar is issued by the United States government from 1971 - 1978. It was struck with a copper-nickel composition for circulation and was the first United States dollar coin to not be struck in a precious metal.


Peace Dollar (1921-1935)

The Peace Dollar was issued by the United States government from 1921 - 1928, and again in 1934 and 1935. It was the last United States dollar coin to be struck for circulation in silver. The coin was first struck on Dec 28, 1921 in memorialized the peace after the world war I. Its reverse depicts a bald egale at rest clutching an olive brach, with the legend "Peace". The mint ceased production of the coin in 1928 but were sruck again in 1934 and 1935. In 1965, the mint struck over 300,000 Peace dollars bearing a 1964 date, but these were never issued, and all are believed to have been melted.



Morgan Dollar (1878-1921)

The Morgan dollar coin was minted from 1878 to 1904, and again in 1921. The coin is named for its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The obverse depicts a profile portrait representing Liberty, while the reverse depicts an eagle with wings outstretched. Key dates in the Morgan series include 1879-CC, 1884-S, 1889-CC, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1895, and 1895-O. Interest in Morgan dollars as a collectible coin took off in the 1960s. They remain some of the most popular collectible coins on the market. Many collectors of Morgan dollars focus on building sets. There are 96 date and mint combinations in a complete set of Morgan dollars. Rare date Morgans can cost thousands of dollars, but most collectors start with relatively low cost coins from more common dates, and build their collections slowly. In the current market, Morgans hold their value well. Popular demand for these silver dollars makes them more desirable to collectors than rarer, but less well-known, coins.


Trade Dollar (1873-1885)

The trade dollar was a United States dollar coin minted to compete with other large silver coins that were already popular in East Asia. The idea first came about in the 1860s, when the price of silver began to decline due to increased mining efforts in the western United States. The coins were first struck in 1873, and most of the production was sent to China. Eventually, bullion producers began converting large amounts of silver into trade dollars, causing the coins to make their way into American commercial channels. This caused frustration among those to whom they were given in payment, as the coins were largely maligned and traded for less than one dollar each. In response to their wide distribution in American commerce, the coins were officially demonetized in 1876, but continued to circulate. Production of business strikes ended in 1878, though the mintage of proof coins officially continued until 1883. The trade dollar was re-monetized when the Coinage Act of 1965 was signed into law.


Seated Liberty Dollar (1836-1873)

The Seated Liberty dollar coin was a coin struck from 1840 to 1873 and designed by engraver, Christian Gobrecht. It was the last silver coin of that denomination to be struck before passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, which temporarily ended production of the silver dollar for American commerce. In 1866, "In God We Trust" was added to the dollar following its introduction to United States coinage earlier in the decade. Seated Liberty dollar production was halted by the Coinage Act of 1873, which authorized the Trade dollar for use in foreign commerce.

The Gobrecht dollar coin (Flying eagle), minted from 1836 to 1839, was the first silver dollar struck for circulation by the United States Mint since production of that denomination was officially halted in 1806. The coin was struck in small numbers to determine whether the reintroduced silver dollar would be well received by the public.


Draped Bust Dollar (1795-1804)

The Draped Bust dollar coin was a United States dollar coin minted from 1795 to 1803, and again into the 1850s. The designer is unknown, though the distinction is usually credited to artist Gilbert Stuart. The model is also unknown, though Ann Willing Bingham has been suggested. In 1834, silver dollar production was temporarily restarted to supply a diplomatic mission to Asia with a special set of proof coins. Officials mistakenly believed that dollars had last been minted with the date 1804, prompting them to use that date rather than the date in which the coins were actually struck. A limited number of 1804 dollars were struck by the Mint in later years, and they remain rare and valuable.


Flowing Hair Dollar (1794-1795)

The Flowing Hair dollar was the first dollar coin issued by the United States federal government. The coin was minted in 1794 and 1795; its size and weight were based on the Spanish dollar, which was popular in trade throughout the Americas. The Flowing Hair dollar, designed by Robert Scot, was initially produced in 1794, and again in 1795. In October 1795 the design was replaced by the Draped Bust dollar. In May 2005, a specimen striking from the 1794 production was sold in a private sale for $7.85 million, more than any other coin in history. On January 24, 2013, a 1794 production was sold for a new record $10 million by Stack's Bowers Galleries, including commission. Rare-coin firm Legend Numismatics was the purchaser.