Liberty Seated Dollars (1840 - 1873) (Certified)
The Liberty Silver dollars are an important series in the history of American Silver dollars.
The Liberty Seated Silver Dollar was designed by Christian Gobrecht and was first minted in 1840. The U.S. Silver dollar series continued until 1873, when the Silver coins were replaced by the Trade Dollar. The obverse features a Seated Liberty surrounded by 13 stars adorning the coin’s edge, representing the original states in the Union. The reverse depicts a resplendent eagle with wings spread. The eagle grips in its talons an olive branch and a cluster of arrows, symbolic of war and peace. This magnificent American Silver dollar series is truly a great collectible.
Seated Liberty Silver Dollars are tied to U.S. expansion West, which opened up vast reserves of Gold, causing the price of Gold to fall relative to Silver prices. This led to hoarding of Silver coins, with Silver coins being melted down or exported as Silver bullion. U.S. Silver dollars, quarters, nickels and dimes all have less Silver in them after the Coinage Act of 1853. The Liberty Dollar was the last American Silver dollar until 1878, as the Coinage Act of 1873 stopped production of Silver dollars.
Private melting of Seated Liberty Silver Dollars and lower mintage numbers make many of the early dates popular with collectors. Silver coins started carrying “In God We Trust” in the early 1860s. The Liberty Dollar added the motto in 1866, but there are two known versions missing the motto, making these Liberty Dollars highly valuable. U.S. Silver dollars have a long and colorful record tied to American history, and the Seated Liberty Silver Dollars had a prominent role.
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