The only Silver $1.00 Classic Commemorative Coin in the 1892 to 1954 series. The 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar was the first authorized coin to bear a portrait of a U.S. president.
- Contains .7734 oz of pure Silver.
- Designed by Charles Barber.
- Obverse: Features the profiles of George Washington and French General Lafayette.
- Reverse: Depicts the statue of Lafayette, erected in Paris, that was given to the French as a gift from the American people for their help during the American Revolution.
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This was the third commemorative coin released by the U.S. Mint following the 1893 Columbian Half and the Isabella Quarter.
The coin also features French Gen. Lafayette, who was instrumental in the Americans' success during the Revolutionary War. Lafayette was born in 1757 in Auvergne, France, and after learning of the Revolutionary War taking place in what is now the United States, Lafayette in 1777 decided to join the Americans and was appointed major-general and became a member of George Washington's staff. Lafayette played a critical part in the war as he secured French reinforcements.
The statue on the reverse is similar to the monument erected in Paris that was given to the French by the American people. The coins originally were sold for $2 each to fund the erection of this statue in Paris near the Louvre in 1908.