The American Silver Dollar came into existence in 1794, when the United States minted the Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. This coin was the beginning of a numismatic love affair that still continues today. The Draped Bust Silver Dollar (1795-1804), was next off the line, followed by the 1804 Dollar, the only silver dollar without an actual name, after which time Silver Dollar coinage was suspended until 1836. The Gobrecht Silver Dollar marked the return of the coin. This variation was minted until 1839 when it was replaced by the 1940 Liberty Seated Dollar. The Liberty Seated Dollar had a 33-year run with the final minting occurring in 1873. Trade Silver Dollars were the only Silver Dollar coins minted in the United from 1873-1885. These coins were used primarily for trade outside of the United States.
In 1878 the Mint added The Morgan Silver Dollar to the mix (see our Special Report). This coin was minted until 1901, and then again in 1921. From 1921 to 1935 the Peace Dollar was minted. There was no dollar coinage until 1971, when the Eisenhower Dollar made its debut. This was the first coin that was not comprised mainly of silver (the others were about 90%). Future business strike dollar coins contained no silver, starting with the Susan B. Anthony (1979-1999). The Sacagawea coin was minted from 2000-2008 and the current Native American dollar began in 2009 (a variation of the Sacagawea). The Presidential Dollar began its production in 2007 and is slated to continue until 2016.
Flowing Hair Dollar (1794-1795);
Draped Bust Dollar (1795-1804);
1804 Dollar (1804);
Gobrecht Dollar (1836-1839);
Liberty Seated Dollar (1840-1873);
Trade Silver Dollars (1873-1885);
Morgan Silver Dollar (1878-1921);
Peace Dollar (1921-1935);
Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978);
Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-1999);
Sacagawea Dollar (2000-Present);
Presidential Dollar (2007-2016).