The Statue of Liberty commemorative Silver Dollar was struck by the U.S. Mint in 1986 to mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is the world’s greatest symbol of freedom. A gift from the people of France to celebrate the concept of American liberty, it was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was placed on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where it greeted millions of immigrants arriving by ship to seek better lives in the United States. The framework upon which the statue’s copper panels are attached was built by Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The commemorative Silver Dollar is the same large size and has the same 90% silver content as a classic Morgan or Peace Silver Dollar. This was just the second modern commemorative coin program that included a Silver Dollar, and it was just the fourth commemorative Silver Dollar in U.S. history. The obverse of the coin shows the Statue of Liberty with Ellis Island in the background.
Immigrants passed the Statue of Liberty before arriving at Ellis Island for registration upon arrival in the United States. The reverse shows Liberty’s torch and the famous quote inscribed on the base of the statue greeting immigrants to America: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This was a limited edition coin that was available only in 1986. When originally sold by the U.S. Mint, a special surcharge was added to the sales price. This surcharge helped restore the statue to its original beauty for the 100th anniversary celebrations. The coin is in original uncirculated or proof condition, as issued by the U.S. Mint in 1986. The coin is protected in a clear plastic holder and is presented in a display case.