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Barry's Peace Gems


Category: Dollars
Set Type: Peace Dollars, 1921-1935, Circulation Issue
Owner: The Lovvorn Collection
Last Modified: 9/22/2020
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Rank: 4
Score: 60422
Leading by: 7628
Points to Higher Rank: 45674
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Set Description:

Peace Silver Dollars! This coin was created to commemorate the end of World War I, which at the time was thought to be the "War to end all wars". Millions of soldiers died during the war, and parts of the European landscape were devastated. Coincidentally, production of the Peace dollar ceased in 1935, just prior to the start of Hitler's invasion of western Europe.



Designed by Anthony de Francisci, the coin underwent a transformation after the 1921 issue proved difficult to form due to the original high relief design. This change was made much to the chagrin of Mr. de Francisci. Even after the change was made to reduce the relief, the series was still plagued by weak strikes, particularly in those coins produced in the San Francisco Mint. A poorly struck Peace dollar is most evident in the lack of hair detail over Liberty's ear on the obverse, and by lack of feather detail on the eagle on the reverse. A fully struck Peace Dollar, on the other hand, is a thing of wondrous beauty!



Peace Dollars were minted in three different locales: Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Coins from Philadelphia do not have a mint mark, while those from Denver and San Francisco carry a very small "D" or S", respectively, on the reverse of the coin just under the "One" at approximately the 8:00 position.



Assembling a set in mint state grades is not difficult, but a set in MS65 and higher is a huge challenge due to the lack of gem specimens in some of the San Francisco issues, particularly the '24 S, '25 S, '28 S, and '34 S. The 1934 S is widely considered the key to the series, even though the '25 S and '28 S are rarer in MS65.



The grading of Peace dollars follows the rules for most other coins; however, Peace dollars are most often downgraded due to the previously mentioned characteristic weak strike, as well as marks on Miss Liberty's cheek and neck.



This set is a work in process, with the current goal being to upgrade the set to achieve MS65 minimum grades for each issue. To qualify for inclusion in the set, a coin must be completely white, have great luster, a well-defined strike, and terrific eye appeal.



My current favorites in the set are the 1921 and the 1934 S; both have strikes that are far better than any coins I have examined for those two issues, and both have full mint luster, appearing as though they both just came from their respective mints.
 Slot DescriptionGradeServiceScore
View Coin 1921 MS 65 NGC 2727
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View Coin 1922 MS 66 NGC 1466
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View Coin 1922-D MS 66 NGC 2685
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View Coin 1922-S MS 65 NGC 2699
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View Coin 1923 MS 65 NGC 450
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View Coin 1923-D MS 66 NGC 3935
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View Coin 1923-S MS 65 NGC 3984
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View Coin 1927-D MS 65 NGC 4206
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View Coin 1927-S MS 65 NGC 5515
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View Coin 1934-S MS 65 NGC 5466
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