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The Peace dollar was minted from 1921-1928 to celebrate the end of the First World War, as well as 1934-35. It was the last regular production dollar struck in silver. The Peace dollars were produced with ninety percent silver and ten percent copper in order to conform with the coinage act of 1837. In 1962 a silver certificate was partially redeemed for an uncirculated Morgan dollar, which set off a firestorm of interest in redeeming silver certificates to the US Treasury. Demand was huge, with some in lines pushing wheelbarrows. Several million uncirculated Morgan and Peace dollars were eventually discovered in vaults and sold off to the public.

Most reputable numismatic grading organizations use the internationally recognized Sheldon grading scale, which ranges from 1 to 70 to grade coin conditions. The MS-64 (which stands for Mint State with a 64 grade) is one of the highest scores a coin may achieve. It’s alternatively referred to as Choice Uncirculated.

COIN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ships individually in protective packaging
  • Consisting of 0.7734 oz of 900 Fine Silver
  • Reverse: Features a depiction of a left-facing Lady Liberty, the inscriptions "LIBERTY," and "IN GOD WE TRUST" along with the year of release
  • Obverse: Features a depiction of an intricate American Eagle perched atop a rocky outcrop holding an olive branch as the sun rises across the coin's field, the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "ONE DOLLAR", and "PEACE"

The 1918 Pittman Act instructed the U.S. Mint to melt up to 350,000,000 silver dollars into bullion and to use the proceeds to purchase bullion to coin a like number of coins. The melt bullion was sold to England at $1 per ounce, and then newly mined silver was purchased from U.S. silver mines at $1 per ounce. This was above the market selling price of silver and acted as a federal subsidy to the silver mining industry. It appears that cronyism never goes out of style!

Coinciding with the passage of the Pittman Act, a movement started to issue a coin to commemorate the peace after WW I, and that such a victory coin be "issued in such quantities it will never become rare."

Production of the Morgan dollar re-started in 1921 as called for by the Pittman Act, and a competition was held to find it's replacement. The winner of the competition was Anthony de Francisci, who used his wife Tereas as his model. The obverse features Lady Liberty with a crown meant to resemble that on the Statue of Liberty. The studio window was open when de Francisci worked, hence the blowing hair of Lady Liberty on the coin.

These Peace dollars are above average circulated coins, rated as about uncirculated. The coin shows very minor traces of wear or abrasions on only the highest points on the coin. Mint luster is almost complete and the surfaces of the coin are well preserved. We have limited numbers of these available.

ABOUT THE UNITED STATES MINT

Established in 1792 as the first national mint in the United States, the United States Mint is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury responsible for official legal tender coinage production. The United States Mint has a mission to serve Americans as the sole manufacturer and distributor of circulating currency coins. The U.S. mint also produces commemorative coins for collectors, silver and gold bullion coins for investors (such as the popular Eagle and Buffalo series), as well as Congressional Medals.

This item is taxable in Canada. This product may come as an assortment or a batch of one single item. You may receive a product not shown on the image but individual weight and purity are guaranteed.

5740
Not Available
Lightly Used
Secondary Market
900
United States
U.S. Mint
USD 1
Anthony de Francisci
1878
Yes
Left facing profile of Lady Liberty and the words "Liberty In God We Trust" and the year
Bald eagle resting on an olive branch and the words "United States of America E Pluribus Unum One Dollar Peace"
0.7734 oz
38.1
3.1
Yes
NGC or PCGS
MS-64

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