1 oz. Seated Liberty Silver Round is a tribute to the artistry of designer Christian Gobrecht, the 3rd Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Gobrecht, born on December 23, 1785 had ancestry traceable back to 1642 in Plymouth Colony. As Chief Engraver of the Mint, he produced the Seated Liberty Dollar, based on a sketch by artist Thomas Sully. It would come to be known as the Gobrecht Dollar and was the work for which he was best known.
- Historic design
- Based on the design of the 1854 Silver Dollar
- Original design by Christian Gobrecht
- Produced by Highland Mint
- One Troy Ounce – .999 Fine Silver
The obverse side of the 1 oz Seated Liberty Silver Round shows Lady Liberty, casually seated on a rock while looking over her right shoulder. Does she see or hear something behind her? Only the designer knows for certain. Her striped shield, bearing the word liberty leans beside her, supported by her right hand. Her left hand holds a scepter with a Phrygian cap. (The Phrygian – or Liberty – cap had been used in the American colonies by the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution.) Thirteen stars form an archway above Lady Liberty’s head; the thirteen stars on U.S. currency are a nod to the original thirteen colonies. The date, 1854, is inscribed at the base of the lady’s seat.
On the reverse of the 1 oz Seated Liberty Silver Round, an eagle clutches arrows, symbols of America’s willingness to defend herself, in one talon and an olive branch, indicating a preference for peace, in the other. The eagle guards a Union shield at its breast. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” is inscribed on the top half of the rim, while “1 TROY OZ.” and “.999 FINE SILVER” are inscribed at the bottom.