Design Types

Liberty Seated Dollars were issued from 1840 through 1873 with only one major design change. The obverse, shown in the following photo, was unchanged through all 34 years of issue.



Liberty Seated Dollar Obverse


The reverse was changed slightly in 1866, adding the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. This change created the second of the two design types. The NO MOTTO types were issued from 1840 through 1866. The 1866 no motto piece is a classic rarity. No business strikes are known, only two proof examples. The most recent of these to change hands sold in the “Classics” auction held by American Numismatic Rarities (now Stacks-Bowers) in September, 2003. The following photo shows the NO MOTTO reverse.



Liberty Seated Dollar NO MOTTO reverse


WITH MOTTO examples were issued from 1866 through 1873. WITH MOTTO fantasy pieces exist for 1863, 1864, and 1865. They were struck in 1869 or later (reference 24). The following photo shows the WITH MOTTO reverse.



Liberty Seated Dollar WITH MOTTO reverse




Photo credits:

Obverse and Reverse No Motto:   1851 NGC AU58, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse With Motto type:   1872-CC NGC MS64, ex. Gene Gardner, from the Heritage archives.




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