Quick Facts about the Peace Dollar
- Designed by Anthony de Francisci, who was only 34 years old at the time
- Put into circulation on January 3, 1922
- Composed of 90% silver and 10% copper, weighing 26.73 grams
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Teresa de Francisci, the model for Lady Liberty on the Peace Dollar, was born Mary Teresa Cafarelli on May 4, 1898 in Naples, Italy. She was almost five years old when her family left Italy and immigrated to the United States on a steamer ship. According to Teresa, as that ship approached New York Harbor she became fascinated by the Statue of Liberty and often posed to imitate it as she was growing up.
Anthony de Francisci, the designer of the Peace Dollar, was born on July 13, 1887 in Palmero, the capital of the region of Sicily in Italy. The de Francisci family immigrated to the United States when Anthony was eight years old, and he became a naturalized American when he was 26.
There are two Peace Dollars in the collection. Both are in circulated condition and show differing degrees of wear.