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03 Sep 2022

**Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder**

Coins-United States | Kepi

Greetings Everyone! I'd like to share with you one of my favorite coins... An 1870 Seated Liberty Dollar with Motto. The designer was Christian Gobrecht and has a mintage of 415,000. It weighs 26.73 grams and has a diameter of 38.1 mm. The composition is 90% silver and 10% copper. Silver weight is 0.77344troyoz. These have a reeded edge and mine was minted in Philadelphia. Also named "Liberty Seated", these were circulated from 1840 to 1873. There are two different types...No Motto (1840-1865) and With Motto (1866-1873) The difference being "In God We Trust" on a ribbon above the eagle on the reverse.
Now with all those coin facts and formalities out of the way I'd like to just talk about this coin... Many years ago Longstrider and I found ourselves at a coin shop that would become our "favorite" coin shop. A real treat to visit because it's way over an hour and a half away from our house. Way back then we knew nothing about coins or numismatics. The owner took us under his wing and taught us so much! And here we are today! haha Now getting back to this particular coin... I saw it in one of the show cases and was mesmerized by it. Every time we would visit the coin shop I would always go to look at this special coin. So far from perfect as all the other coins around it were, what was to be, my coin literally years later had suffered severe fire damage. I didn't know the history or the story behind this coin only that it had seen a hard life. With all its cracks and melted silver I could still see the beautiful design of Liberty shine through. And that's why this is one of my favorite coins and is in my collection today. I hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are always welcomed.

Sources
NGC and The Redbook

Comments

Kevin Leab

Level 4

That's what fascinates me about this hobby....the history behind the coins. They all have a story to tell....the older the coin the better. I loved this blog!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I went to elementary school with a kid who's father was a banker. He brought in a mass of different kinds of coins that had melted and partially fused together. It was very impressive to the fourth grade kid who saw it!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

That is a fine coin! Is the crack all the way through the planchette?

Kepi

Level 6

Yes... It goes all the way through for about an 1/8" of an inch long. ; )

coinsbygary

Level 5

The appearance of this coin takes nothing away from its character. In fact, as you have described it, the coin only has more character.

Mike

Level 7

Well done. I would of bought this. Its what we like. That's the best part of the hobby. Its not always about value. Its how it makes you feel. Thanks for a great blog.

TCHTrove

Level 4

Very historic. It’s the imperfections that hold the tails of its journey.

Rebelfire76

Level 4

Kepi, beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder. I was recently reading about how a collector did not like "uncirculated" coins, because there was little to no "character." This individual liked blemished, handled, and damaged coins because those coins had "pop" and "attitude." Similarly your coin has "pop," "attitude," and a story to say the least. Its wonderful that not only did you discover it, but you added it to your collection, and gave it home. Thanks for displaying your love for numismatics and sharing with us that one coin you cherish, because it truly does tell a story.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Very cool. I would have bought it too. Most of my favorite coins are far from perfect.

It's Mokie

Level 6

The true value of a coin is how much it captures your heart and this coin is obviously well loved and therefore priceless. Thanks for sharing the story Kepi, now I love this coin too. (:

Long Beard

Level 5

For many years I've held firm to the belief that a coin holds a value far exceeding it's monetary. You, my dear, confirm this. Only we rare few see it's hidden beauty. I'm curious as to whether that crack was heat related?

Kepi

Level 6

Yes, the crack was a result from the heat... Crazy!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

An interesting coin. Thanks for sharing!

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