Dollars appear in nine major types, which we discuss in this article.
Flowing Hair (1794-1795)
The first U.S. silver dollars bore Robert Scot's Flowing Hair design. Because the U.S. Mint relied on depositors for its silver (see the "Flowing Hair half dollars (1794-1795)" section, earlier in this chapter), mintages are spotty. In fact, less than 2,000 1794 silver dollars were struck. As expected, the 1794 is rare, but the 1795 is affordable.
Draped Bust (1795-1804)
The Draped Bust silver dollar comes in two subtypes: one with the plain eagle design of 1795 and a later version with an eagle with a shield. The rarest date in this series is the 1804, one of the greatest rarities in all of U.S. numismatics (holder of a record price of .14 million a" see Chapter 24). Funny thing, though: The 1804 dollar wasn't struck until at least 1834, when some were made as special presentation pieces for overseas VIPs. Several collectors are working on die-variety sets from this type, but the high cost of the coins keeps most collectors out.
Seated Liberty (1836-1873)
No silver dollars were struck for circulation between 1804 and 1836, which was an awfully long time to go without one of the bedrocks of the U.S. money system. In 1836, an employee of the U.S. Mint named Christian Gobrecht designed a new silver dollar featuring a Seated Liberty design that was to become a standard on all silver coins just a few years later. The reverse of the coin shows an eagle in flight amidst a field of stars (this beautiful Flying Eagle reverse was never adopted for use on silver dollars, but it did eventually appear on the new small cents of 1856-1858). By the time Gobrecht's silver dollar made it into general circulation in 1840, the reverse design of the coin was changed to a plain eagle with arrows and an olive branch in its talons.
In 1873, the U.S. Mint began producing a special silver dollar to circulate in the Orient and compete with similar coins from other nations (see Figure 11-30). The new trade dollar bore a modified version of the Seated Liberty design a" this time, Liberty is seated on a bale of cotton, and she offers an olive branch to an unknown recipient on the other side of the ocean. The trade dollar enjoyed some popularity in Asia, where merchants would punch their special marks into the coin to give it their stamp of approval. Even though the trade dollar was heavier than the regular U.S. silver dollars, it was good only for purchases up to in the United States. After that, the trade dollar was worth only its bullion value, which was less than its face value. As a result, many of the coins found their way back into the United States, where they could be spent at a profit.
George T. Morgan never could have guessed that his new silver dollar of 1878 would become the most important silver coin in the United States and the most widely collected coin in all of numismatics. Morgan's design is simple yet elegant, with a classic head of Liberty and an eagle with outstretched wings. Thanks to large hoards of silver dollars uncovered over the years, sufficient quantities of Uncirculated coins exist to support the active collector market. Key dates in this series include the 1889-CC, 1892-S, 1893-S, and the proof-only 1895. Certain Uncirculated silver dollars have mirrored surfaces ranging from partially mirrored to deeply mirrored. A deep mirror proof-like is the collector's dream, and some dates are extremely rare in this format.
Following World War I, everybody wanted peace. Some Americans wanted it so badly that they petitioned for a peace dollar and got it. Unfortunately, by the time the design was finished, peace turned out to be nothing more than a small word on the back of the coin. In a nod to classical ancient styling, the designer used a Roman spelling for the motto In God We Trust, using a V instead of a U. This simple change accounts for a large portion of the phone calls received by dealers every day: New owners of peace dollars think they have a rare error. Peace dollars were made from 1921 to 1935. The first year had an unusually high relief that was lowered in subsequent years. All dates are available and affordable, although the 1928 and 1934-S can be a challenge in nice condition.
Eisenhower head (1971-1978)
The Eisenhower dollar was originally meant to honor the astronauts of Apollo 11 for their historic landing on the moon. However, a portrait of Ike was placed on the front of the coin because he died a few months before the lunar landing took place. The reverse of the coin shows an eagle landing on the moon with an olive branch in its talons. The Ike dollars made for general circulation were made of the same copper-nickel-clad metal used on other U.S. coins beginning in 1965, but collectors were allowed to purchase specially packaged Uncirculated and proof example in 40 percent silver. In 1975 and 1976, a special design was used to celebrate the U.S. bicentennial.
Anthony head (1979-1999)
The Susan B. Anthony Dollar replaced the Eisenhower dollar in 1979. Susan B. Anthony fought for women's rights, especially the right to vote, in the 1800s. When a new, smaller coin was being considered, Suzie turned out to be one of the more popular subjects. Mint officials thought a smaller dollar would circulate better than the old 38-millimeter version, but the public absolutely hated the new coin because it was too easily confused with a quarter dollar (shades of the old 20-cent piece all over again). Millions of the Anthony dollars remained unissued in the government's vaults.
Sacagawea (2000 to present)
Despite the failures of the 20-cent piece and the Susan B. Anthony dollars, and despite resistance from the general public, the U.S. government persists in developing small-size dollar coins. Its latest experiment, the Sacagawea dollar, has met with some success.
Frequently Asked Questions
i have a 1922 silver dollar coin . on it says in god we trvst?
every one i seen says in god we trust but this one has in god we trvst
As the other answers have said, it's the normal spelling on the Peace dollar.
During the early part of the 20th century, there was a big "neoclassical" movement in the US in things like sculpture and architecture. One of the things that was done sometimes was to use the Roman alphabet, which used a "V" instead of a "U".
The Peace dollar isn't the only US coin that did that. The "Standing Liberty" quarter, which was issued about the same time, not only had "TRVST", it also had "E PLVRIBVS VNVM".
1922 Peace dollars are quite common. Unless it has no wear, it's going to be basically worth it's silver value, which right now is about .75
on the 1922 silver dollar is trust suppose to be spelled trvst?
I have a 1922 silver dollar that has in God we trvst instead of trust, is that an error
No; it's an affectation. The Romans had no letter U and used a V instead.
Julius Caesar in Latin was spelled Ivlivs (er they used an I for a J as well).
Copying the Romans has led many people to feel important over the centuries.
how much is a missprinted 1922 silver dollar worth ?
(in god we trust) trust is spelled trvst.
That is an intentional part of the Peace Dollar design. They are all like that.
The following is taken from the article linked below:
Anthony de Francisci's design featured his rendition of Lady Liberty on the obverse. His wife, Teresa, was the model for the sculpture. The font used is an example of the then-popular Art Deco style. This is exemplified by the inscription, "IN GOD WE TRVST," which uses the Latin angular "U".
How much is a 1922 peace coin (one dollar) silver with the mint D worth?
I have a coin that was passed down to me that is 1922 In God We Trvst written on it. (It isn't a misprint for the letter V to replace the letter U, I already know this). However it has the mint state D for Denver under the ONE and above the wing. How much would this be worth in value? Also, the edges are somewhat faded though it is clear on what it is.
The 1922-D Peace dollar is a better than common coin in high grade. If in Mint State 64, it sells for -0 right now. But many Peace dollars were weakly-struck, and even untouched coins like this are worth less. Your coin may have been a weak strike, but it sounds more like the coin has significant circulation wear. This is going to reduce the value to just that of the silver in it, called the 'melt' value.
Silver has slipped somewhat in the last few weeks from its peak, but it is still double what it was a year ago. As of now, it has about worth of silver. A coin shop would probably offer you - . Most collectors want one in better condition. But if you know anyone who buys silver, they might be willing to pay full melt value, and maybe even a dollar or two more.
If your coin is just a weak strike and not worn (because I can't see it, I don't know), it could be worth -. You could show it to a few coin dealers and get their opinion of the grade. Don't say anything about selling it, just that you want to know the grade.
Value for my Silver Dollar Coin Collection.?
I came into possession of a group of old silver dollar coins and was wondering if I could get a rough idea of what they are worth. I think they are real because many of them are a bit worn as if they are old and they seem to all be about the same weight and are heavy enough to seem authentic. Following is the descriptions:
2 1799 Coins:
Front- Flowing hair Bust on one side with 8 stars on the left and 7 stars on the right.
Back- Eagle behind a shield w/ "E. Pluribus Unum" banner across its neck, 13 stars above its head and "United States of America" around it; also holding arrows and plant in its claws
1 1871 and 1 1872 Coin (both have same designs):
Front- Person sitting down on a globe that says "Liberty" on it with 13 stars around it. He/She looks like they have a hat on and they're holding something and there's like a flag behind them.
Back- "United States of America" on top, Inside a wreath "Trade Dollar, 420 grains, 900 fine" At bottom of wreath, "In God we Trust" banner.
2 1873 Coins:
Front- A lady is sitting on a globe that says "Liberty on it and is holding something with plants in front of and behind her and 13 stars around it.
Back- "United States of America" on top with "E. Pluribus Unum" underneath it in small letters, an Eagle that looks like its starting to take off in the middle with arrows and plants in its claws, "In God we Trust" under the eagle in a banner in small print, "420 Grains, 900 Fine" under that, "Trade Dollar" under that, 1 star on each side
1 1882 Coin:
Front- Lady sitting holding a plant in an outstretched hand and a banner that says "Liberty" in other hand, with plants behind her "In God we Trust" under her and 13 stars around her.
Back- "United States of America" on top with "E. Pluribus Unum" underneath it in small letters, an Eagle standing in the middle with arrows and plants in its claws, "420 Grains, 900 Fine" under that, a small CC under that, "Trade Dollar" under that
2 1894 Coins & 1 1898 Coin (both have same designs):
Front- "E. Pluribus Unum" on top, Large Head in the middle with "Liberty" and wreath in hair, 7 stars on left, 6 stars on right
Back- "United States of America" wrapped around sides/top, "In God we Trust" under that, Standing Eagle with arrows and plants in claws in middle, Wreath under that around it, Small "CC" under that, "One Dollar" under that, 1 star on each side.
1 1906 Coin:
Front- "Liberty" on top/right side, Statue of Liberty in the middle with building on lower left, "Ellis Island, Gateway to America" to left of statue above building, "In God We Trust" and "P" to the lower right of statue under "Liberty"
Back- "United States of America" on top, hand and torch with beams coming off of it under that, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free" around/under that, "E. Pluribus Unum" under that, "One Dollar" under that
1 1922 Coin:
Front- "Liberty" on top, Large head in the middle with Spiky crown on, "In God we Trvst" under/around that
Back- "United States of America" on top, "E. Pluribus Unum" under that, Eagle standing on a rock in the middle with plant in claws, sunbeams coming up from bottom right, "One Dollar" around eagle, "Peace" on bottom within rock
1 Undated Coin:
Front- Large Head in the middle with "Liberty" and wreath in hair (looks like head on 1894/98 Coins but a little smaller), 9 stars on left, 12 stars on right
Back- "One Troy Ounce" on top, 1 star uner that, a banner under that, no words on it but possibly worn out, a scale under that, it looks like 311 Grams under that but its a bit worn out, "999 Fine Silver" under that, Wreath on outside between "One Troy Ounce" and "999 Fine Silver", the rest is within a circle
That is all of them, some of them are worn out a bit, but some of them are in better condition as well. Any help as to the value or estimated approximate value of these coins, (ranges are ok too) would be helpful. Thanks!!!
Off the top i would say they are all counterfeits or fantasy coins from China. 1799 dollars are scarce and have lettered edges not reeded ones. The trade dollar did not show up to 1873 so the 1871 & 1872 coins with the trade dollar reverse are items that never existed. There is also no 1882-CC trade dollar. So I would say the whole group came from China and are fakes or coins that never were made so are called fantasy coins. With most of the coins questionable the whole lot is questionable, even though a 1922 Peace dollar exists but is worth only silver content. No dollar coins were minted in 1906. The coins also are not silver or has little in them. The weight of the trade dollars are 26.73 grams. Take them to a couple of coin dealers and they should back up my claims here.
old money, collectible?
I have several 1964 Kennedy half dollars that are pure silver. A 1905 Indian head penny, a 1935 Silver Certificate dollar, a 1922 and 1923 silver dollar with a misprint(In God we trvst) and a couple of 1945 walking liberty half dollars. All of the above in good condition and some are mint condition. Are they worth anything?
Yes. Go on eBay and look at similiar coins/bills and see what they are selling for.