It was barely three years after the Seated Liberty design was used on the half dime that the Seated Liberty silver dollar was introduced .
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By the time a new design for the silver dollar was presented ( William Barber ‘s Trade dollar, which was a variation of the Seated Liberty purpose ), the concept of a Seated Liberty with Liberty detonator, pole and shield seemed to have run its course.
only one early denomination would be struck with the design after production of the silver dollar ceased in 1873 – the ephemeral 20-cent mint.
Both the eloquent dollar and the half dime denominations bearing the christian Gobrecht-Robert Hughes-Thomas Sully concept were discontinued in 1873.
It would be about another 20 years before the design disappeared from the U.S. Mint engravers ‘ repertoire raw.
There are some similarities to the Trade dollar design adopted in 1873 : a seat allegorical human body representing Liberty and an eagle on the reverse. But the similarity ends there.
The Seated Liberty silver dollar retains drapery behind Liberty ‘s bequeath elbow. The blueprint does n’t require the arrows and rays used on previous incarnations of the design on lower denominations because the silver medal contented remained brace throughout its run.
The entirely detectable dispute during the 33 years this type of silver dollar was struck occurred in 1866 when Treasury officials decreed all $ 20 gold double eagles, $ 10 gold eagles, $ 5 gold half eagles, silver medal dollars, half dollars and quarter dollars were to incorporate the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the turn back.
On the Seated Liberty design, the motto appears on a ribbon below the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and above the eagle ‘s head. The denomination, located beneath the eagle ‘s feet, is expressed as ONE DOL. The eagle still bears a carapace on its breast and arrows and an olive branch in its talons. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears along the top half of the reverse.
Seated Liberty dollars are collected by date and Mint tag and by major varieties. The key and semi-key dates are so numerous ( 21 and eight respectively ) that most collectors shy away from trying to complete such a set.
A complete solicitation of Seated Liberty dollars, dated 1840 through 1873 comprises 46 coins.
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