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Obverse of 1900 Lafayette Dollar     Reverse of 1900 Lafayette Dollar


Circulation strikes: 


Diameter: 38.5 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 412.5 grains (26.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this type were struck at Philadelphia, PA)


Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3178, sold for $80,500.00

PCGS MS-66.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 653, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Full strike everywhere; pristine surfaces and luster; with the best left for last -- almost indescribably colorful toning on both sides. Iridescent, glowing, the hues range from silvery to blue and lavender to gold with subtleties too numerous to mention. A top-notch specimen, in short. One of the handsomest commemorative silver coins ever offered for sale.  America's first Commemorative Silver Dollar, the Lafayette Dollar's design was modeled by Charles E. Barber after an engraving of Houdon's bust of Washington. On the reverse, Barber depicted the Lafayette equestrian statue at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Lafayette Dollars were sold to defray part of the cost of completing Paul Wayland Bartlett's statue of the French General, then under construction in Paris for display at the exposition. Out of an authorization for 50,000 pieces, 36,000 were sold, the remainder being melted." @ $37,375.00 - Legend Numismatics

Recent sales:
PCGS MS-65.  David Litrenta collection - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. September 24, 1999, Lot 6846 @ $12,650.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, or so.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 2009

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 2010

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 2011

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2000" by The Professional Coin Grading Service