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ARTISTRY

Flowing Hair Silver Dollar

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Flowing Hair Silver Dollar front
Flowing Hair Silver Dollar back
  • Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792, this was the first dollar the U.S. government issued.
  • The flowing-hair design appeared in 1794 and was replaced in October 1795 with the draped-bust design.
  • Designed by Robert Scot, a renowned engraver, this coin included a bust of Liberty on the front, or obverse, with an eagle on the back, or reverse, as required by the 1792 Coinage Act.
  • Engraver Robert Scot modeled the bust of Liberty after his design for the one-cent coin. However, for the flowing-hair dollar coin, Scot removed the Phrygian cap, and government officials instructed him to encircle the eagle with a wreath.