1932 Washington Quarter

The 1932 Washington quarter is a type of US quarter which has been minted first in 1932 and still remains one of the most popular US coins of all time. Struck in .900 fine silver, the Washington Quarter was originally intended to only be a one year issue, however, it was minted in different version for many years after. The original design was issued to commemorate George Washington’s 200th birthday.

Design of the Coin

The obverse of this coin sows George Washington facing left in profile and was designed by sculptor John Flanagan and his initials can be found at the base of George Washington’s neck along with the date of minting, in this case, 1932. Both the phrases, ‘Liberty’ and ‘In God We Trust’, can be found at the top and to the left of Washington’s head respectively.

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Morgan Silver Dollar

A brief history

Struck between 1878 and 1904, and for one more year in 1921. The Morgan Dollar was minted from silver from the Comstock Lode in Nevada; with a fineness of .900 the Morgan Dollar contains over 24 grams of silver per coin.

The coin was authorized by the Bland-Allison act of 1878, This Act required the Treasury to purchase at market levels, between two million and four million troy ounces of silver bullion every month to be coined into dollars.

Designed by George T. Morgan in 1878, the obverse features a left facing portrait of Miss Liberty, and the reverse depicts an eagle perched upon 3 arrows. Some viewed the image of the eagle as ‘scrawny’, which led some to vilify the coin as a “Buzzard Dollar”.

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Liberty Half Dollar

This stunning coin is considered, by many experts, to be the most beautiful US silver coin in history and is one of the most collected coins in history. Both sides of the coin were designed by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916, and his mark appears under the eagle’s wing feathers on the reverse.

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Canadian Silver Dollar

The 1963 Canadian Silver Dollar is an limited edition uncirculated condition coin struck in fine .800 silver. The coin issued in 1963 shows a youthful image of Queen Elizabeth the second and on the reverse an “Voyageur” design which shows an canoe manned by an Indian and a voyageur.

In 1964 a special one year edition was released with an alternate image to that of the Voyageur design. This unique coin was the last regular issue “young head” coins in the series and as such quantities of this coin are limited.

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Eisenhower Coins

The Eisenhower coin was made to honour the 100th anniversary of former United States president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birth. The coin is made from 90% silver and shows a double portrait of “Ike” to symbolise his role as a military leader and president. The design for the military side was by mint engraver John Mercanti and shows Eisenhower as a five star general of the US army. The opposite side was by Marcel Jovine and shows a view of Eisenhower’s home near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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