Although it has been overshadowed by subsequent silver dollar coin designs, the Seated Liberty coin design was once the most famous coin design to appear on an American coin. It is perhaps most notable for its place as the last silver dollar struck by the United States Mint before a five-year halt in production starting in 1873. Right now, Silver.com offers this stunning design on the 1 oz Great American Mint Seated Liberty Silver Round.
- Contains one ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Bears no face value.
- Features the Seated Liberty design.
- Coins ship in sleeves for individual products, tubes of 20, or boxes of 500.
The Seated Liberty Silver Dollar was one of the most significant coins struck in American history. Prior to the 1840s, silver coins were rarely produced by the United States Mint. During the early years of American history, silver coins were often hoarded by individual consumers in the US because the value of the metal was higher than the coin’s face value.
President Thomas Jefferson halted silver coin production in 1806. The Seated Liberty Silver Dollar was the first silver dollar struck in significant quantities when it went into production in 1840. It remained in production until 1873, when the nation again halted the striking of silver coins.
On the obverse side of the 1 oz Great American Mint Silver Seated Liberty Round is the image of Lady Liberty in a unique, seated position. Designed by US Mint Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht, the image depicts Liberty sitting down, with a wooden pole in her left hand and a heraldic shield in her right that bears in the inscription “USA.”
Gobrecht’s Seated Liberty design comes from Roman history. The pole in Liberty’s left hand is topped with Phrygian cap, a symbol of freedom to Romans following Julius Caesar’s assassination.
The reverse features a left-facing bald eagle. In the image, the bald eagle is set behind a shield similar to the one of the obverse, and clutches arrows and an olive branch in its talons. Engravings on the round are similar to the Seated Liberty dollar, with “United States of America” above, but no face value below. This is replaced by the round’s weight, purity, and metal content.
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