Information about effigy: Liberty, Seated

Liberty, Seated
United States / Half Dime 1866 Seated Liberty

The concept of liberty has frequently been represented by personifications, often loosely shown as a female classical goddess. Examples include Marianne, the national personification of the French Republic and its values of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the female Liberty portrayed on United States coins, and many others. These descend from images on ancient Roman coins of the Roman goddess Libertas and from various developments from the Renaissance onwards. The Dutch Maiden was among the first, re-introducing the cap of liberty on a liberty pole featured in many types of image, though not using the Phrygian cap style that became conventional (the Phrygian cap as a symbol dates back to Ancient Rome where such caps were worn by emancipated ex-slaves). The 1886 Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is a well-known example in art, a gift from France to the United States.

Note that Liberty is called Miss Liberty or Ms. Liberty in an American context, and not Lady Liberty as elsewhere.

The Seated Liberty portrait designs appeared on most regular-issue silver United States coinage from 1836 through 1891. The denominations which featured the Goddess of Liberty in a Seated Liberty design include the half dime, the dime, the quarter, the half dollar, and until 1873 the silver dollar. Another coin that appeared exclusively in the Seated Liberty design was the twenty cent piece. This coin was produced from 1875 to 1878, and was discontinued because it looked very similar to the quarter. Seated Liberty coinage was minted at the main United States Mint in Philadelphia, as well as the branch mints in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Carson City.

On some coin types, Liberty is also depicted standing, or as a portrait only.

Liberty, Seated - Example/s on coins
United States / Half Dime 1866 Seated Liberty

Seated Liberty with stars

United States / Half Dime 1866 Seated Liberty

For most of the time while the image was used, Miss Liberty was shown surrounded by the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

United States / Half Dime 1857 Seated Liberty

Seated Liberty with stars

United States / Half Dime 1857 Seated Liberty

Between 1838 and 1868, Miss Liberty was shown surrounded by thirteen stars - symbols of the first 13 States in the Union.

United States / One Dime 1837 Seated Liberty

Seated Liberty with stars

United States / One Dime 1837 Seated Liberty

In earlier days, Miss Liberty was shown with only the date below and no stars.

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CountryNameMintageLegend
United States One Dime 1870 Seated Liberty 521,500 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1870
United States Quarter Dollar 1870 Seated Liberty 95,740 ************* 1870
United States Half Dime 1871 Seated Liberty 2,034,960 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1871
United States One Dime 1871 Seated Liberty 1,247,810 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1871
United States Quarter Dollar 1871 Seated Liberty 160,950 ************* 1871
United States Half Dime 1872 Seated Liberty 3,784,950 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1872
United States Quarter Dollar 1872 Seated Liberty 288,800 ************* 1872
United States One Dime 1872 Seated Liberty 2,621,930 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1872
United States Half Dime 1873 Seated Liberty 1,036,600 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1873
United States Quarter Dollar 1873 Seated Liberty 1,656,762 *************←1873 →
United States One Dime 1873 Seated Liberty 4,432,691 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ←1873 →
United States Quarter Dollar 1874 Seated Liberty 863,900 *************←1874 →
United States One Dime 1874 Seated Liberty 3,190,817 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ←1874 →
United States Quarter Dollar 1875 Seated Liberty 5,113,500 ************* 1875
United States Twenty Cents 1875 1,327,990 ************* 1875
United States One Dime 1875 Seated Liberty 24,065,700 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1875
United States Twenty Cents 1876 25,900 ************* 1876
United States Quarter Dollar 1876 Seated Liberty 31,357,150 ************* 1876
United States One Dime 1876 Seated Liberty 30,141,150 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1876
United States Twenty Cents 1877 (Proof only) 350 ************* 1877
United States Quarter Dollar 1877 Seated Liberty 24,099,710 ************* 1877
United States One Dime 1877 Seated Liberty 17,350,510 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1877
United States Quarter Dollar 1878 Seated Liberty 3,396,800 ************* 1878
United States Twenty Cents 1878 (Proof only) 600 ************* 1878
United States One Dime 1878 Seated Liberty 1,878,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1878
United States Quarter Dollar 1879 Seated Liberty 14,700 ************* 1879
United States One Dime 1879 Seated Liberty 15,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1879
United States Quarter Dollar 1880 Seated Liberty 14,955 ************* 1880
United States One Dime 1880 Seated Liberty 37,335 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1880
United States One Dime 1881 Seated Liberty 24,975 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1881
United States Quarter Dollar 1881 Seated Liberty 12,975 ************* 1881
United States Quarter Dollar 1882 Seated Liberty 16,300 ************* 1882
United States One Dime 1882 Seated Liberty 3,911,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1882
United States Quarter Dollar 1883 Seated Liberty 15,439 ************* 1883
United States One Dime 1883 Seated Liberty 7,675,712 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1883
United States One Dime 1884 Seated Liberty 3,931,349 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1884
United States Quarter Dollar 1884 Seated Liberty 8,875 ************* 1884
United States One Dime 1885 Seated Liberty 2,577,117 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1885
United States Quarter Dollar 1885 Seated Liberty 14,530 ************* 1885
United States One Dime 1886 Seated Liberty 6,584,094 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1886
United States Quarter Dollar 1886 Seated Liberty 5,886 ************* 1886
United States One Dime 1887 Seated Liberty 15,738,389 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1887
United States Quarter Dollar 1887 Seated Liberty 10,710 ************* 1887
United States Quarter Dollar 1888 Seated Liberty 1,226,833 ************* 1888
United States One Dime 1888 Seated Liberty 7,216,487 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1888
United States Quarter Dollar 1889 Seated Liberty 12,711 ************* 1889
United States One Dime 1889 Seated Liberty 8,353,389 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1889
United States Quarter Dollar 1890 Seated Liberty 80,590 ************* 1890
United States One Dime 1890 Seated Liberty 11,334,617 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1890
United States Quarter Dollar 1891 Seated Liberty 6,204,600 ************* 1891
United States One Dime 1891 Seated Liberty 23,046,716 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1891
Niue Silver Ounce 2018 US Trade Dollar 2,500 QUEEN ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · ONE DOLLAR · 2018 ·
Saint Helena Silver Ounce 2018 US Trade Dollar 10,000 QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2018 ·
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