Silver Dollar

Coins, like this silver dollar, were hoarded at the outbreak of war. This coin had inherent value because it was made from a precious metal. By 1862 metallic coins were rarely found in circulation. The Federal Government and private businesses alike felt the pressure to keep their financial and economic interests in check. Both thought the solution was to introduce new forms of currency.
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Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: wt. 26.705 g
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer: US Mint
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