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Lady Liberty has been featured on United States coins since the 1700s.
She has appeared many different ways on U.S. coins over the decades — as social culture has changed.
Yet, the common ideology among all of the different images of Miss Liberty is the same: Lady Liberty is the symbol of human freedom and freedom of thought.
The Many Faces Of Lady Liberty On U.S. Coins
The number of stylistic changes that Miss Liberty has gone through over the years is interesting to note:
- She has worn headdresses, caps, and crowns.
- She has worn flowing gowns, tight blouses, and even no upper body clothing at all.
- She has been standing, walking, and sitting.
- She has held shields.
- Her hair has been let down and pulled up in braids.
- She has even donned Native American headwear.
Miss Liberty is, in every respect, a ubiquitous national icon!
You can see some of the changes to Lady Liberty on U.S. coins here:
The Value Of Coins Bearing Lady Liberty’s Image
The nation has recently seen a bit less of Miss Liberty on circulating coinage than in earlier decades.
Yet, when one thinks of U.S. coins, it is difficult not to associate those coins with at least one of many images of Lady Liberty.
She appears on virtually every United States coin that was made from 1793 through the middle 20th century.
Some of the popular Liberty coins are:
Click to view an image and fun facts about each Lady Liberty coin.
- Liberty Cap half cent (1793-1797) $250+
- Flowing Hair large cents with various reverse designs (1793) $1,800+
- Braided Hair large cent (1840-1857) $20+
- Indian Head penny (Lady Liberty in Native American headwear 1859-1909) $1.50+
- Liberty Head nickel (1883-1912) $2+
- Liberty Seated dime (1837-1891) $15+
- Barber dime (1892-1916) $3+
- Winged Liberty “Mercury” dime (1916-1945) $3+
- Mercury Dime centennial gold coin (2016) $280+
- Seated Liberty quarter (1838-1891) $20+
- Barber quarter (1892-1916) $8+
- Standing Liberty quarter (1916-1930) $6+
- Standing Liberty quarter centennial gold coin (2016) $550+
- Capped Bust half dollar (1807-1839) $50+
- Seated Liberty half dollar (1839-1891) $40+
- Barber half dollar (1892-1915) $15+
- Walking Liberty half dollar (1916-1947) $8+
- Walking Liberty half dollar centennial gold coin (2016) $850+
- Draped Bust dollar (1795-1804) $1,000+
- Morgan dollar (1878-1921) $18+
- Peace dollar (1921-1935) $17+
- Statue of Liberty dollar (on reverse of the Presidential dollars 2007-present) $1+
- Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle (1907-1933) $700+
- Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle (1907-1933) $1,300+
- Ultra High Relief Double Eagle gold coin (2009) $1,900+
- High Relief American Liberty gold coin (2015) $1,800+
- American Liberty 225th Anniversary 1-ounce gold coin (2017) $1,700+
*Prices are for the lowest-valued dates from each series.
Which Liberty Coins Are The Most Popular?
The above list features only a few of the liberty coins which have her image on them. These coins certainly show some dramatic and beautiful depictions of Lady Liberty.
Two of the most popular coins ever made (also listed above) are:
- Walking Liberty half dollar
- Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
In fact, you may be interested to know that the obverse designs for both of these coins now grace the silver eagle bullion coin and gold eagle bullion coins, respectively.
Talk about timeless designs!
More Lady Liberty Coin Facts
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some of our other articles about Liberty coins:
- Liberty Seated Coin Values
- Walking Liberty Half Dollars: 15 Years Of Coin Values
- Barber Liberty Head Coins
- Liberty Head Peace Dollars Bring A Message Of Hope
I’m the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I’ve contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I’ve authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!