Silver Dollars

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The Silver Dollar was first issued in the United States in 1794. Prior to that time, the Spanish Colonial 8 Reales (plus its fractions and multiples) served as the primary coins in American commerce. The new nation's desire for its own coinage led to the formation of a mint in 1792, followed shortly thereafter by the issue of Silver Dollars in 1794. At first, Silver Dollars were issued on demand, usually in exchange for silver bullion. After 1803, demand for the Silver Dollar appears to have disappeared, as none were issued again until 1836. As more and more silver was discovered in America, mintages of silver dollars increased, culminating in massive mintages in the Morgan Dollar series (1878-1921). In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, the coinage of Silver Dollars ceased, not to resume until 1971, when the copper-nickel Eisenhower Dollar was introduced. Today, Silver Dollars have been replaced completely by the smaller-sized, golden-colored Sacagawea Dollars. To collectors, Silver Dollars remain one of the most popular of all American coins because of their impressive size, lovely designs, and relatively inexpensive cost.

The following list includes all designs types for U.S. Silver Dollars: