Due to improvements in the silver and gold bullion supply and advances in minting technology, the production of both silver and gold coins increased dramatically in the 1830s. The completion of a new and much larger Philadelphia Mint building in 1833 further supported the mintage and circulation of coins. These conditions prompted Mint Director Robert Patterson to seek fresh designs and hire Christian Gobrecht to assist Chief Engraver William Kneass, who had recently suffered a debilitating stroke. Gobrecht ultimately created the Seated Liberty design employed on silver coinage of the mid to late 19th century (1836-1891), including the half dime, dime, twenty-cent piece, quarter, half dollar, and dollar denominations. The obverse features Lady Liberty seated upon a rock, holding a liberty pole and cap symbolic of freedom in her left arm, and a shield in her right to defend it. The reverse design of the half dime and dime features a wreath encircling the denomination. With room for more elaborate design elements, the larger denominations, like this hefty silver dollar, feature an American Bald Eagle with outstretched wings holding an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.
Type: Seated Liberty Dollar (1836-1873)
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Weight: 26.73 grams
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Composition: 0.900 silver, 0.100 copper
Net silver weight: 0.77344 oz pure silver
Obverse Design: Liberty, seated upon a rock, with liberty pole, cap, and shield / 13 stars
Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / DATE
Reverse Design: Eagle with outstretched wings and shield, bearing olive branches and arrows in talons. / Scroll
Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / IN GOD WE TRUST / ONE DOL.
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