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SEATED LIBERTY SILVER DOLLARS (1836-1873)

1836 Gobrecht Silver Dollar Obverse     1836 Gobrecht Silver Dollar Reverse

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SEATED LIBERTY SILVER DOLLARS - GOBRECHT TYPE (1836-1839)
   

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1836

1600

est. 100

Originals and later Restrikes are known of the Proofs.

1838

0

est. 100

Originals and later Restrikes are known.

1839

0

300+

Originals and later Restrikes are known.  Many of the Proofs were released into circulation.
Obverse of 1850 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1850 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar

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SEATED LIBERTY SILVER DOLLARS
NO REVERSE MOTTO (1840-1865)

The Seated Liberty Silver Dollar coin of 1840 to 1873 was the first regular issue coin of this denomination since 1803 (technically, the 1804 Dollar was struck in 1834 and restruck in the 1860s). Despite the long hiatus for the denomination, it still did not circulate well. Many of the mintage figures within the series are low for that reason (should it be surprising, considering that a skilled occupation paid $9.72 per six-day week in 1860?). The No Motto variety was issued between 1840 and 1866, the motto "In God We Trust" added on the reverse between 1866 and 1873 due to the Act of March 3, 1865. The Mint Act of Feb. 12, 1873 abolished the coin in favor of the Trade dollar, an act called the Crime of '73 by opponents of the legislation.  (Contributed by Richard Giedroyc)
  

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1840

61,005

est. 50

 

1841

173,000

est. 12

 

1842

184,618

est. 15

 

1843

165,100

est. 15

 

1844

20,000

est. 15

 

1845

24,500

est. 15

 

1846

110,600

est. 15

 

1846-O

59,000

0

 

1847

140,750

est. 15

 

1848

15,000

est. 15

 

1849

62,600

est. 15

 

1850

7,500

est. 20

 

1850-O

40,000

0

 

1851

1,300

est. 50

Originals and later Restrikes are known of the Proofs.

1851-O

0

1

Unique!

1852

1,100

est. 35

Originals and later Restrikes are known of the Proofs.

1853

46,110

est. 15

 

1854

33,140

est. 50

 

1855

26,000

est. 50

 

1856

63,500

est. 50

 

1857

94,000

est. 50

 

1858

0

est. 300

Rare, Proof-only date.

1859

255,700

800

 

1859-O

360,000

0

 

1859-S

20,000

0

  

1860

217,600

1,330

 

1860-O

515,000

0

 

1861

77,500

1,000

  

1862

11,540

550

  

1863

27,200

460

  

1864

30,700

470

  

1865

46,500

500

  

Obverse of 1873 Silver Dollar      Reverse of 1873 Silver Dollar

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SEATED LIBERTY SILVER DOLLARS -
WITH REVERSE MOTTO (1866-1873)
 

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1866

48,900

725

 

1867

46,900

625

 

1868

162,100

600

 

1869

423,700

600

 

1870

415,000

1,000

 

1870-S

est. 12

0

Extremely rare!

1870-CC

12,462

0

 

1871

1,073,800

960

 

1871-CC

1,376

0

 

1872

1,105,500

950

 

1872-S

9,000

0

 

1872-CC

3,150

0

 

1873

293,000

600

 

1873-S

0

0

Unknown, despite a Mint Reports showing 700 coins as having been struck.  None have ever been seen!

1873-CC

2,300

0