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History of coins-Silver dollars

Updated on February 1, 2015
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As a Boy Scout, Greg learned the value of collecting rare items. Coins are his favorite. Greg writes about coins and other collectibles...

I love Silver dollars.They are so fun to collect.I will go through the history of Silver dollars with pictures.If you haven't seen the other hubs in this series,the links are below.

Spanish 8 Reales

8 Reale Standard

The original 13 colonies did not have there own money supply.Almost everything that needed a monetary exchange used the Spanish 8 Reales.They were called "milled dollars"because the blanks or planchets were milled to make sure they were consistently the same weight.

Our forefather's knew we couldn't and shouldn't rely on a outside source for our money and they built the mint in Philadelphia.

Flowing Hair

The very first United States silver dollar issued was in 1794.The flowing hair dollar was minted from 1794-1795.I would love to have one; Santa,are you listening?

Again,as in my other hubs,from dimes to dollars,they were primarily silver until 1965.

Draped Bust

From 1795-1804 the design changed to the draped bust.Also a very beautiful design.The great thing about silver dollars is:they are large enough to see all the intricate details.

Seated Liberty

From 1840-1873 the Seated Liberty design was minted.This is a very beautiful coin.Intricate detail makes it quite the collector item.

Trade Dollar

In response to trade in the orient the United States had to have a dollar that matched the silver content of "crowns".The Trade dollar was minted from 1873-1883.It does have a higher silver content.If collecting these be careful,there are many counterfeits out there.

Morgan Dollar

Probably my favorite collector coin is the Morgan dollar.It was named after the designer,George Morgan.they wee minted from 1878-1904 and then they minted them one more year in 1921.The main reason for the Morgan dollar was the discovery of the comstock lode,a major silver find in Nevada.The mint put out lots of Morgan dollars.In the 1960's our government found bags of them in vaults in Ft. Knox.

Peace Dollar

Originally it was going to be a commerative for the end of world war 1.It was so popular it was put into circulation.They were minted from 1921-1928 and again in 1934 and 1935.They are beautiful coins!

Eisenhower dollar

The "Ike" dollar was minted from 1971-1978.It is a clad content.There were special silver ones made for collectors.In 1976{the bicentennial year}the back had a slightly different design for that one year.

Susan B. Anthony

This coin depicted Susan B. Anthony,the fighter for women's suffrage.It was minted from 1979-1981 and again in 1999.There were problems in that it resembled and was close to the size of a quarter.It was highly disliked by the general public.

Sacagewa Dollar

From 2000 until now we have had Sacagewa dollars.They are a golden color so they are not mistaken for quarters.The mint has also started a presidential series of dollars that I believe are going to depict all of our Presidents.Those are not pictured,there will be a wide variety.Great for collecting!

Silver Eagles

Since 1986 the mint has produced silver eagles.The one you see here is the front only.The back has an eagle.They are made for collectors and are priced at or near the price of one ounce of silver.

These are great collector coins!!!

Magic Silver Dollar Trick

©G.L. Boudonck

© 2008 Greg Boudonck


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      Andrew Spaeth 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your hub. I am a big fan of the Peace Dollar design and have found great information about them at

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      Hot Desi Beauties 9 years ago

      Nice hub i also have some coins dated 50 years back

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      Marcia 9 years ago

      I am a huge fan of the Morgan Dollar as well. I have used to find many of the coins in my collection.

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      HeartHealth 9 years ago

      With those in-your-face coin shots, your hub is where other coin hubs revolve, so I am really not worthy!!! Thumbs up, fanned, and cheers! Looking forward to your visiting my art glass and carnival glass hubs!

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Never mind, Even though i don't have my coins anymore, at least i have my Froggys Coin Collection Hubs;?)

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      Iðunn 9 years ago

      I have some Ikes and a few Susan B Anthony's. Again, these ones are cool. I guess I just like the big coins because they are unusual.

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      Greg Boudonck 9 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Sure wish we could compu-smart,I need some for my collection!!

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I could almost grab these coins from the screen!

      Thanks Froggy.