Silver Peace Dollar
The Silver Peace Dollar was minted from 1921 till 1928 and then again in 1934 to 1935 by the US Mint. The Peace Dollar was designed by Anthony de Francisci, the coin was the result of a competition to find designs that were emblematic of peace, to commemorate the end of World War I and to honor world peace. The Silver Peace Dollar is a popular coin among collectors, and an important part of U S coin history. The Peace dollar was released into circulation on January 3 1922. Silver Peace Dollars were minted at three of the United States Mint facilities located in Denver, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. The mintmarks on the coin can be found on the reverse side located below the word ONE.
On the obverse side, the silver coin features a design of Lady Liberty, while the reverse of the Peace Dollar shows a proud image of a standing American Eagle resting on top of a mountain watching the sunset. More than 190 million Peace Dollars were minted during the years 1921 through to 1928, and in 1934 and 1935. All of these dollars contained 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
The Controversial Design
The sculptor based his obverse design of Liberty on the features of his wife, Teresa de Francisci. Due to the short length of the competition for the design, he lacked the time to hire a model with the features he envisioned. De Francisci submitted two reverse designs, one that showed a warlike eagle aggressively breaking a sword; the other an eagle at rest holding an olive branch. The new reverse design was widely reported in newspapers, and was the source of intense public attention. A Mint press release described the reverse as a large figure of an eagle perched on a broken sword, and clutching an olive branch bearing the word, peace. he public believed the announced design, which included the broken sword, was illustrative of defeat, and the Mint hastily acted to remove the sword from the design.
The Sword And Branch Designs
1921 Silver Peace Dollar
The Silver Peace Dollar observe features the head of Liberty with a radiate crown.