The Peace type silver dollar was issued from 1921 to 1935. It was intended to be a commemorative coin and a limited issue. Peace dollars were minted under the terms of the Pittman Act which allowed for the use of bullion reserves. Interestingly enough, more than 80 million of the old Morgan dollar design were also minted in 1921.
Anthony De Francisci, who specialized in medal art, designed this coin. His wife, Teresa Cafarelli, was the model for the Peace Dollar. The first coins were struck in December 1921 and issued in early 1922. The Series ended in 1935. In 1964, Congress authorized the minting of 90 percent silver dollars. More than 360,000 of the Peace type were struck at the Denver mint and subsequently destroyed. Stories abound regarding a few specimens which may have been purloined (illegally of course!).
A circulated Peace Dollar set is somewhat easy to assemble, except for certain years. Nearly 200 million of all dates were minted. If you start a collection and are ready to move up to higher grades you will need to research prices on the Internet or with a dealer. The price of the coin will be based on its condition, scarcity and grade. This article covers the common and rarer dates/mint marks in the series.
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