United States Silver Peace Dollar 1921-1935
America’s first coin to commemorate peace owes its existence to Farran Zerbe, veteran numismatist, Historian of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and founder of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum. At the 1920 Chicago ANA Convention, Zerbe presented a paper entitled “Commemorate the Peace with a Coin for Circulation” which proposed a new coin (Half Dollar or Dollar) commemorating the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars”.
Peace Silver Dollar Specs
Diameter: 1-1/2” (38.1 mm)
Weight: 412.5 grains (26.73 grams)
Composition: 90% silver-10% copper
Designer/Engraver: Anthony De Francisci
Engraver: George T. Morgan
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none); Denver (D); San Francisco (S); found left of eagle’s wing tip on reverse
Obverse: Liberty facing left wearing a crown of rays with LIBERTY above head with date below. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST left and right of neck. Border plain.
Reverse: Eagle holding an olive branch perched on a mountain crag inscribed PEACE with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and motto E PLURIBUS UNUM in two lines above. Denomination ONE DOLLAR on either side of eagle with rays emanating from lower right. Border plain.
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