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16 Apr 2021

BIG and BOLD coins and bill of U.S. history

National Coin Week | TheHobbyist

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Today, in this article we are going to talk about the following BIG and BOLD coins and bill of U.S. history. This is an article with 1000+ words, hope you enjoy it. Let us get started!

* Morgan Dollar

* Peace Dollar

* Eisenhower Dollar

* Susan B. Anthony Dollar

* Sacagawea Dollar

* $100,000 U.S. bill

Morgan Dollar

The Morgan Dollar was first minted in 1878. It was designed by George T. Morgan. It weighs 26.73 grams, and it is 1.5 inches big. It is 90% silver and 10% copper. The obverse depicts Miss Liberty, and the reverse depicts the eagle with an olive branch and arrows. The Morgan Dollar face value is one dollar. The first Morgan dollar was first struck in the Philadelphia mint. The Morgan dollars were also struck at the Carson City mint, the San Francisco mint, the New Orleans mint, and the Denver mint.

Peace Dollar

The peace dollar was made from 1921-1935 and it was a commemorative peace coin. The Pittman Act 1918 was the act under which these coins were made. This coin was designed by Anthony de Francisci, symbolling peace. It has Goddess of Liberty on the obverse. The monogram of the designed is under the neck of Liberty. The mint mark (if present) is on the reverse, right below the writing that says one. The reverse design is of an eagle holding an olive branch, the symbol of peace.

Eisenhower Dollar

This coin was first made in 1971-1978 and the eagle reverse was made from 1971-1974. After that, a different reverse was used depicting a bell. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was president from 1953-1961. He was born on October 14, 1890 atDenison, TX. He was a Civil Rights activist who believed in Equality for all people. He created the Civil Right Act that protected the black children.

The Eisenhower dollar also honors the first landing of man on moon. Frank Gasparro made this design for the coin. After 1971, this design was modified several times. It has a reeded edge and was made of copper, nickel, and silver. This coin was minted in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. Frank Gasparro put his initials in the coin.

Susan B. Anthony Dollar

Susan B Anthony dollar coins were minted from 1979-1981; and it was again minted in 1999 alone until the new Sacagawea dollar was issued. The Susan B Anthony dollar is big and bold because of the person it intended to honor. Susan B Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts and she fought for women's rights to vote.

Did you know....

* Susan B Anthony's mother fought in the American revolution. As a child, she grew up with the belief that everyone is equal under God.

* At that time, people thought women cannot make speeches, she made speeches in public against slavery.

* Since 1851, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton became friends and they both worked on women's rights.

* When Congress passed the 14th and 15th amendment, women were still not given the right to vote. She continued to make public speeches and in 1872, she was even arrested for casting her vote.

* Susan B Anthony died in 1906. It was only in 1920 when women were given the right to vote.

* Susan B Anthony coin shows leadership of a women in U.S. history who is BIG and BOLD in her thoughts and action.

Susan B Anthony Coin Design

* Frank Gasparro invented the design for the front and back of Susan B. Anthony coin.

* The obverse design depicts Susan B. Anthony.

* The reverse of a Susan B Anthony coin has an eagle. Frank Gasparro's initials are located below the eagle.

* Susan B Anthony was the first women in U.S. coin other than a mythical figure or model.

* The reverse design is also used on the Eisenhower dollar.

* The mint marks that used are P, D, S which stands for Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The mint marks appear above Susan B. Anthony's right shoulder.

* The coin is made of copper and nickel. But because of its color and size, it was confused for a quarter and was not a commonly accepted coin.

Sacagawea Dollar

The Sacagawea dollar is a recent coin minted from 2000-2008. It has a golden color, although it is smaller than the Eisenhower dollar. The second time it was minted since 2009. The obverse is based on the obverse of the original design with the date and mint mark missing. But the reverse has been different every year. Some of the reverse designs were the Three Sisters, Great Law of Peace, the Wampanoag Treaty. The mint marks available are the P, D and S mint marks.

$100,000 U.S. bill

Now, let us talk briefly about the $100,000 bill (it cannot get BIGGER!). The $100,000 bill was issued during the Great Depression and it is illegal for private citizens to own. They were made to do transactions between Federal Reserve Banks that circulate money within United States for America. 42,000 of these bills were printed and out of those only twelve bills are known to exist. Two are at the Smithsonian museum and the rest are at other museums.


* Morgan Dollar:

#1. The rarest Morgan dollar is the 1893‑SMorgan 90% Silver dollar. A 100,000 of these Morgan dollars were struck at the San Francisco mint and today only 6,000 to 12,000 of these exist today.

#2. 1901 Morgan Proof Silver dollar were minted at the Philadelphia mint. In MS-65, it is valued at $425,000. In a poor condition it is worth 23.64 dollars.

#3.1889 CC Morgan Silver Dollar is the third most valuable Morgan Silver dollar. These Morgan Dollars were minted at Carson City mint and a total of 350,000 were minted originally. In MS-65, it is worth$280,000. In poor condition, it is still worth 1571.64 dollars.

#4.1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar is the fourth in this list. A total of 3,200,000 of these coins were minted in the San Francisco mint. In MS-65, it is worth$250,000. In a fine condition, it is worth around 30 dollars.

#5. 1893O Morgan Silver Dollar is the fifth most valuable Morgan Silver dollar. A total of 300,000 of these coins were minted. In MS-65, it is worth$180,000and in a fair condition, it is worth around 250 dollars.

* Peace Dollar: The rarest Morgan dollar is the 1928 S Peace 90% Silver Dollar. 1,632,000 of these Peace dollars were struck at the San Francisco mint. 1928 is the last year Peace dollars were minted.

* Eisenhower Dollar: The rarest Eisenhower is the bicentennial Eisenhower dollar. It is silver clad and is variety two. Only one of these coins is known.

* Susan B. Anthony Dollar: Look out for errors such RPM, Off Center Strikes, Broad strikes, etc.

* Sacagawea Dollar: Look out for Cheerios Sacagawea dollars, these were struck from a different master die than the regular ones.

How to store Silver Dollars

* Whitman has holders to store silver dollars in general. This is one of the cheapest options, costing around 5 dollars. But the coins are exposed to the environment with no protection and only one side of the coin is seen

* There are coin holders that have a plastic cover for the top and bottom, that slides back and forth. These are better option than the first one

* One of the better options would be the coin albums, that can hold the coin in a plastic holder. The important thing is to store the coins in air tight container.

* A collector could also choose an album with coin slots of multiple sizes to fit the different coins. The plastic should be non-PVC.


I shared with you some interesting information on the BIG and BOLD coins and bill in U.S. history. When there is an opportunity, we can collect some or all these interesting coins (but not the bill !) that are truly a part of our history. See you next time. Happy collecting! Just remember, learn, learn, learn!!


Guide book for United States Coin By R.S.Yeoman






Images Reference:

Eisenhower andSacagaweaDollar: Self

Morgan and Peace Dollar:https://www.coinnews.net/2021/01/15/u-s-mint-to-produce-2021-morgan-and-peace-centennial-silver-dollars/

Susan B Anthony Dollar:https://www.usacoinbook.com/coins/3361/dollars/susan-b-anthony/1979-D/



Level 5

That is a lot of data about the coins. Great coins.


Level 5

Like all the big dollar coins. Thanks for a good read.


Level 6

Nice overview of the Dollars! Thanks for your good research! ; )


Level 5

Very nice blog, thanks for the sources!! I am with Mike, the Morgan is not my favorite, but it is definitely big and bold! Good job, my man!


Level 6

Nicely done and very nicely sourced. I love that. Makes it easy to further research your blog for additional info. Good luck and thanks.


Level 6

Thanks for detailed blog.


Level 7

Very informative blog well done. The Ike is underrated and I'm not a Morgan fan. In wish they had a different model! Thanks for a good blog!

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