The 1986 Statue of Liberty Silver Proof Dollar was issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.
Designed by John Mercanti, the obverse of the silver dollar features a view of the Statue of Liberty with the main building of Ellis Island in the background. The inscriptions include “Liberty”, “Ellis Island”, “Gateway to America”, “In God We Trust”, and the date.
The reverse of the coin was designed by John Mercanti with assistance from Matthew Peloso. The statue’s hand with a lit torch is depicted with the concluding words of Emma Lazarus’s poem The New Colossus. These words are engraved on a bronze plaque mounted inside the statue. The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, the famous words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, and the denomination “One Dollar”.
The Statue of Liberty Silver Dollar was struck in proof at the San Francisco Mint. The coin is housed in a plastic capsule and is proof quality, which means it meets the finest standards in the industry for both beauty and craftsmanship, carefully designed to represent the best possible versions of the original model.
Diameter – 38.1mm; Composition – 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce), 10% copper; Weight – 26.73g