Peace Dollars (1921-1935)
As the last circulating dollar struck in 90% silver, the Peace Dollar complemented Americans' hope for peace after the end of World War I. The Peace Dollar debuted against the backdrop of a presidential election, an international arms race, a newlywed romance and the start of the Roaring Twenties. The story of minting the Peace Dollar continues to fascinate collectors.
As a commemorative silver coin intended for circulation, the Peace Dollar was struck by the Philadelphia Mint late in December 1921. It was officially released in January 1922. The Peace Dollar continued to be minted until 1928. It was then struck one last time 1934-1935. To learn more about the Peace Dollar and its place in coinage history, please visit our Learn Center.
The US Mint had many émigré designers throughout its existence. But none captured hearts in quite the way medalist Anthony de Francisci did with his choice of a model for the modern make over he gave Liberty on the obverse of the Peace Dollar.
In this Heads & Tails blog "Silver Dollar Salute," the significance of the Peace Dollar in a specific US Military ceremony is explored. It looks at a revered tradition in the US Army dating back to the 19th century.Read More... Read Less...