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The term “dollar” evolved from the German “thaler” large-sized silver coins minted beginning in the early 16th century. The “dollar” is the standard monetary unit of the United States according to an Act of Congress on July 6, 1785. However, the first silver dollars were not minted until 1794. Ms. Liberty appeared with flowing hair in 1794 and 1795, and with a bow in her long hair from 1795 through 1804. The 1804 silver dollar is one of the most famous of all United States coins, with about 15 known—selling for millions of dollars.
The denomination “ONE DOL” didn’t appear until 1840, on the reverse, when the design was changed to Liberty Seated from 1840 through 1873. No silver dollars were minted for domestic use from 1874 through 1877; however Trade Dollars were made for use in Asia to compete with dollar-sized coins from other countries. When the denomination was resumed in 1878, designs were created George Morgan, and thus these are called “Morgan Dollars.” Morgan dollars continued through 1904, and were then made in 1921—the same year that the Peace dollar was introduced. The Peace dollar series came to an end in 1935. The silver dollar denomination was revived in 1971 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was honored through 1978. Smaller dollar coins were introduced with the portrait of Susan B. Anthony, running from 1979 through 1999. Golden-colored dollars honored Sacagawea beginning in 2000 and American Presidents starting in 2007 (continuing through 2016).