Liberty Seated Dollar

Once again silver dollars were issued for circulation with the start of the series of Liberty Seated Dollars. Mintages were impacted at one point by the rising price of silver, which made the coins melt value exceed their face value. For two years, just over 1,000 silver dollars were struck, and instead the US Mint produced more than one million of the newly introduced gold dollars. 

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Liberty Seated Dollar

First struck in 1840, the Liberty Seated Dollars carried the new composition of 90% silver and 10% copper that had been adopted for silver coins during the interim. Production would continue until the enactment of the Mint Act of 1873.  In addition to the Philadelphia Mint, the mint facilities at New Orleans, San Francisco, and Carson City would also strike the silver dollars.

There were a total of 45 different date and mint mark combinations for the series. Although it must be noted that one of the issues, the 1870-S Seated Liberty Dollar, had no reported production. It is presumed that 12 coins were struck to mark the occasion of the ground breaking for the San Francisco Mint. Another issue of the series, the 1873-S, had a reported mintage of 700, although no examples are known exist.

For the Seated Liberty Dollar series:

  • The lowest reported mintage (for a coin which is known to exist), occurs for the 1852 silver dollar. The mintage was a mere 1,100.
  • The highest reported mintage occurred in 1872 at Philadelphia, when 1,105,500 coins were recorded as struck.
  • Total reported production across all circulation dates is 6,487,747. Of this amount, the Philadelphia Mint was responsible for producing 5,465,463 coins.

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Liberty Seated Dollar Mintages

1840 61,005
1841 173,000
1842 184,618
1843 165,100
1844 20,000
1845 24,500
1846 110,600
1846-O 59,000
1847 140,750
1848 15,000
1849 62,600
1850 7,500
1850-O 40,000
1851 1,300
1852 1,100
1853 46,110
1854 33,140
1855 26,000
1856 63,500
1857 94,000
1859 255,700
1859-O 360,000
1859-S 20,000
1860 217,600
1860-O 515,000
1861 77,500
1862 11,540
1863 27,200
1864 30,700
1865 46,500
1866 48,900
1867 46,900
1868 162,100
1869 423,700
1870 415,000
1870-CC 11,758
1870-S est. 12
1871 1,073,800
1871-CC 1,376
1872 1,105,500
1872-CC 3,150
1872-S 9,000
1873 293,000
1873-CC 2,300
1873-S 700

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