[Daily article] April 21: Seated Liberty dollar Published On

The Seated Liberty dollar was a dollar coin designed by Mint Chief
Engraver Christian Gobrecht and struck by the United States Mint from
1840 to 1873. The coin's reverse features a heraldic eagle first seen on
coins in 1807, based on a design by late Mint Chief Engraver John Reich;
the coin's obverse is based on the Gobrecht dollar. "In God We Trust"
was added to the dollar in 1866 following its introduction to other US
coins earlier in the decade. In the final years of the series, there was
more silver produced in the US, and mintages increased. These were the
last dollar coins before the Coinage Act of 1873 temporarily ended their
production for American commerce and authorized the trade dollar for use
in foreign commerce. Representatives of silver interests were unhappy
when the metal's price dropped again in the mid-1870s; they advocated
the resumption of the free coinage of silver into legal tender. After
passage of the Bland-Allison Act in 1878, silver dollar production
resumed with the Morgan dollar.

Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seated_Liberty_dollar>

Today's selected anniversaries:


A debt was pardoned by the Datu of Tondo on the island of Luzon,
as inscribed on the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the earliest known
written document found in the Philippines.


A city pillar was erected on Rattanakosin Island, located on
the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, an act considered the
founding of the city of Bangkok.


Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron", was shot down
and killed near Vaux-sur-Somme in France, after a career as the most
successful fighter pilot of World War I with 80 confirmed air combat


Brasília, a planned city primarily designed by architect and
urban planner Lúcio Costa, was officially inaugurated, replacing Rio de
Janeiro as the capital of Brazil.


Nguyễn Văn Thiệu resigned as President of South Vietnam,
and was replaced by Trần Văn Hương, as communist forces closed in
on victory.

Wiktionary's word of the day:

(transitive) To restrain, subdue, or control by awe; to cow.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Memory is not just the imprint of the past time upon us; it is
the keeper of what is meaningful for our deepest hopes and fears.
--Rollo May

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