Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $21.23 (5/7/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1900 LAFAYETTE S$1 MS obverse 1900 LAFAYETTE S$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Marquis de Lafayette was a renowned 18th century French nobleman who has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans since the Revolution. He left his life of privilege in France to help the American colonies fight their British overlords and in the process helped create and sculpt the fledgling country. With the help of Benjamin Franklin, Lafayette eventually reached the rank of Major General in the Continental Army and helped broker a peace treaty between France and the colonies in 1778. He also had a very close relationship with Commander in Chief George Washington.

With all of this in mind, when the United States was invited to participate in the Paris Exposition of 1900, leaders thought a fitting contribution would be a statue of the Revolutionary War hero sculpted by Paul Wayland Bartlett. A novel and educational approach was used to raise funds for the statue: School children from all over the nation contributed small change to the Lafayette Monument Fund. Additional funds were to be procured through the striking of 50,000 Lafayette commemorative dollars to be sold at $2 each. Chief Engraver of the Mint, Charles E. Barber, was selected to design the coin.

Barber’s obverse bears a striking resemblance to an 1881 Yorktown Centennial Medal. It depicts the conjoined busts of Washington and Lafayette. The portrait of Washington was created from the same bust used for the Washington Quarter 33 years later. In addition to the portraits, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA arcs above the busts at the rim, and the inscription LAFAYETTE DOLLAR arcs at the border below. The reverse design depicts Bartlett’s statue of Lafayette on horseback. Bartlett’s name appears on the base of the statue. Encircling the border is the inscription ERECTED BY THE YOUTH OF THE UNITED STATES IN HONOR OF GEN LAFAYETTE PARIS 1900.

While the date 1900 is on the reverse of the coin, they were actually all struck in 1899. On December 14th, 1899, the mint struck all 50,000 coins as authorized by the legislation. This date had special significance as it was 100 years to the day of Washington’s death. Unfortunately, the coins proved to be slow sellers. After the Exposition, they were still available for a number of years for less than issue price. Eventually, some 14,000 pieces were returned to the mint, where they sat until being melted in 1945, leaving a net mintage of 36,000 coins.


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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1900 S$1 LAFAYETTE MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 225 270 290 350 450 510 550 600 640 825 1000 1170 1400 2150 6150 11500 80000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1275 1750 3700 7800 23500 95000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2574
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1900 S$1 LAFAYETTE MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1152171426121572208232074675037431856211---2574
---------------112----4
-------------371784----39
---------------1------1
Total1152171426121572208232074705107621946811---2618
 0%0%0%0%1%1%1%0%1%3%8%1%8%18%19%29%7%3%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1900 S$1 LAFAYETTE MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base553597653715865106611101173122612841363163417071886230231035158737411710154884077773063
568616674765932108111311191124513101453165817672025256937885897881912969239185153976716
000000113111911245131014531658176720252569378858978819129692391800
0000001152120812651337154416831826216328364473663510265142293234700
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 8819
Owner: Chippewa
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 7374
Owner: Bruce Young
 
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