The first silver dollars, the Flowing Hair Dollar were produced by the United States Mints in the year 1794. The denomination made only a minor start with a severely limited mintage, followed by a second year where the production level was increased. This type represents one of the most desired in American coinage due to the great historical significance.
The obverse design of the coin features a depiction of Liberty as required under law. She is surrounded by thirteen stars representing the states of early America. The reverse depicts the image of a bald eagle, which would become a well identified symbol of the country. The eagle appears within a wreath. The denomination was expressed not on the obverse or reverse, but on the edge inscription of the coin.
Flowing Hair Dollar Notes:
- The series was short lived, lasting only two years.
- Production took place in 1794 and 1795 at Philadelphia.
- The lowest mintage occurred in the first year.
- The 1794 Silver Plug Flowing Hair Dollar variety is included in the mintage for 1794.
- The highest mintage occurred in the second and final year.
- Three varieties for the 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar are included in the mintage for 1795.