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Notes: One of the rarest of all US coinage is the 1866 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar "No Motto" variety. Only 2 proof coins of this type were ever made without the motto on the reverse. 1866 was a transitional year for the design of the reverse on the Seated Liberty dollar. Most coins of this year included the introduction of a banner bearing the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" above the eagle. Each of these "fantasy" coins are worth well in excess of $1 million - making them some of the rarest and most valuable of all US coins!
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
History: The Seated Liberty portrait designs appeared on most regular-issue silver United States coinage during the mid- and late-nineteenth century, from 1836 through 1891. The denominations which featured the Goddess of Liberty in a Seated Liberty design included the half dime, the dime, the quarter, the half dollar, and until 1873 the silver dollar. Another coin that appeared exclusively in the Seated Liberty design was the twenty cent piece. This coin was produced from 1875 to 1878, and was discontinued because it looked very similar to the quarter. Seated Liberty coinage was minted at the main United States Mint in Philadelphia, as well as the branch mints in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Carson City.