The 1926 Peace Dollar is the only year in the series where the word GOD has a higher relief than any other word on the coin.
This was no accident since releases prior to 1926 and after 1926 didn't have this modification. No one knows for sure how or why this change was made but someone modified the master die for the 1926 on purpose.
Perhaps a sign from God? Historians think it was most likely a rogue Mint® employee who modified the 1926 master die.
During 1925 the famous Scopes Trial was going on. In Tennessee it was illegal to teach evolution in publicly funded schools, called the Butler Act. A teacher named John Scopes challenged this law by teaching evolution in his classroom.
This did not go unnoticed and Scopes was arrested and charged with violating the Butler Act. The trial attracted national attention as the nation saw this trial as religion vs evolution.
Remember, this national coverage was going on right before the U.S. Mint® was getting ready to start minting the 1926 coinage. The perfect catalyst for a Mint® employee to modify the word GOD on the master die to make it stand out.
Was it a stance on what was happening at the time and related to the famous Scopes Trial of the time? Or just a coincidence? No one really knows, but it makes for a truly unique and scarce variant of the famed Peace Dollar series.
Peace Silver Dollars are some of the rarest coins minted in the last century and are valuable because of their rich history and high silver content.
After the end of World War I, silver prices began to fall and on May 9, 1921, Congress passed legislation requiring the release of a new Silver Dollar that would have "an appropriate design commemorative of the termination of the war between the Imperial German Government and the Government of the People of the United States." Congress adjourned without approving the new coin's design, so production of Morgan Silver Dollars was restarted until the new design was created. After a competition between a small group of the nation's best medalists, Anthony de Francisci, a young Italian immigrant, emerged victorious with his design of Lady Liberty modeled after his wife.
And, with the price of silver being at a recent 5-year high, these coins now hold great value in their heavy silver content. In recent times, the precious metal market has even held its value over the stock market.
God Peace Silver Dollar Coin Specifications:
|0.900 Silver, 0.100 Copper
|26.73 g (.77344 oz. pure silver)
|38.1 mm, 1.5 inches
|Anthony de Francisci
|• Years Minted:
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- Measurement: 2.45” x 2.65”
- Composition: .900 Silver, .100 Copper (net weight .77344 oz. Pure Silver)
- Weight: 26.73 grams
- Diameter: 38.1 mm
- Mint: Philadelphia
- Peace Silver Dollar
- Protective Coin Capsule