Peace Silver Dollars were originally issued to commemorate peace in the world after the end of WWI making them a popular addition to numismatic collections.
- Each coin contains .7734 oz of Pure Silver.
- Designed by Anthony de Francisci.
- Coins come in protective plastic flips. Multiples of 20 come in plastic tubes.
- Obverse: Left facing profile of Liberty with a radiate crown, similar to Roman coins.
- Reverse: A majestic Bald eagle perched on a rock clutching an olive branch in its talons.
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These coins are lightly circulated, but exhibit most of their design elements. Add these common date Peace Dollars to your cart today!
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The history of the Peace Dollar
Peace Dollars came about after World War I because many coin collectors, also known as numismatists, were keen on having a new Silver Dollar design that reflected the newly acquired peace. A contest to design the Silver Dollar was opened to sculptors as a way to save the U.S. Mint from having to spend any money on redesigning the new Silver coin. Like previous Silver coin designs, the requirements for the contest included depicting Lady Liberty on the obverse, and an eagle on the reverse. Anthony de Francisci’s design for the Silver coins was chosen, and the first Peace Dollar was struck on December 28, 1921.
Protests surrounded the Peace Dollar design resulting in last minute changes.
The design of Peace Dollars created quite a stir among World War I veterans who had obtained a copy of the winning design prior to the Peace Dollar being minted. While the veterans were satisfied with Lady Liberty depicted on the Silver coin’s obverse, it was the eagle on the reverse that caused them, and many other outraged U.S. citizens, to telegram President Harding asking for the artwork to be removed. What was so offensive about the initial Peace Dollar design? The reverse of the Peace Dollar showed an eagle holding an olive branch while perched on a broken sword, and many viewed the broken sword as a symbol of defeat, and certainly not of peace. Current U.S. Mint Chief Engraver George T. Morgan was swift to modify the design with the input of its initial designer, Anthony de Francisci, and it is this modified design that graces Peace Dollars.
Collect Peace Dollars designed by Italian immigrant and sculptor Anthony de Francisci.
Anthony de Francisci, most known for designing the Peace Dollar, realized the classic American dream by coming to the land of opportunity as an 8 year old with his Italian parents in 1895, and achieving success as a sculptor and coin designer through hard work and determination. Before creating his winning Silver Dollar design, de Francisci attended Cooper Union in Manhattan, and studied under renowned coin designer, James Earle Fraser. He also assisted Silver coin designers, Hermon MacNeil and Adolph A. Weinman, and it is most likely that his eventual hiring at the U.S. Mint was in part due to his contacts with his mentors. Besides the Peace Dollar, de Francisci also designed the Maine Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar.