A Buyer's Guide to Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States

A Buyer's Guide to Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States


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ISBN-13: 9780974237176
Publisher: Zyrus Press Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2006
Edition description: 3RD
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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About the 1794 Dollar
The entire mintage of the 1794 dollar, estimated to be 1,758 pieces net, was delivered on October 15, 1794. It has been suggested that a few hundred other 1794 dollars were made but were poorly defined or defective, and were held over until the next year for use as planchets.

In 1794, the Mint did not have a press suitable for properly striking the large-diameter coins. This is reflected in the coins themselves, most known examples of which are lightly struck at the lower left obverse and corresponding part of the reverse, although they are often well struck in the center. As noted, the vast majority of pieces display adjustment marks from filing the planchet. The result was that the 1794 dollar simply was not an object of beauty to beholders at the time, although numismatists certainly feel differently today! Because of these problems, the largest subsequent coinage of silver at the Mint for many months thereafter, indeed until late spring 1795, consisted of half dollars. Being of smaller diameter these struck properly and presented no difficulty.

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