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1 Dollar, Lafayette, United States, 1900

1 Dollar, Lafayette, United States, 1900

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Description (Brief)
One (1) dollar coin, Lafayette
United States, 1900
Obverse Image: Portraits of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette facing right.
Obverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / LAFAYETTE DOLLAR
Reverse Image: Statue of Lafayette on horseback.
Reverse Text: ERECTED BY THE YOUTH OF THE UNITED STATES IN HONOR OF GEN LAFAYETTE / PARIS / 1900
Description
This coin was struck in connection with the Paris Exposition of 1900—specifically, to defray part of the cost of creating a statue of Lafayette on horseback to be shown at the fair. Fifty thousand pieces were struck in mid–December of 1899. One proof has been reported as well. This coin is not a proof, but a regular business strike in extraordinary condition.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
coin, commemorative
date made
1900
maker
U.S. Mint
obverse designer
Barber, Charles
reverse designer
Barber, Charles
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
overall:.2 cm x 3.8 cm; 3/32 in x 1 1/2 in
ID Number
1994.0288.0002
catalog number
1994.0288.0002
accession number
1994.0288
Credit Line
Merkin, Selma
Exposition Universelle (1900)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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