Peace Dollar — Obverse (Front) Side

1922 Peace Dollar in circulated condition showing signs of normal wear

  • The profile on the obverse (front) side of the coin is Lady Liberty. The spiked crown that she wears is purposely reminiscent of the crown worn by the Statue of Liberty.
  • The word “LIBERTY” stretches above Lady Liberty’s head, passing behind the spikes of her crown.
  • The overlapping letters “AF” appear below Lady Liberty’s neck. “AF” are the initials of the Peace Dollar’s designer, Anthony de Francisci.
  • Below the profile is the motto “In God We Trust.” As in many older carvings and inscriptions, the “U” in “Trust” is rendered like a “V,” giving the motto an ancient Roman look.
  • The date appears below the motto.
  • On the obverse side of the coin, very little was left to the discretion of the designer. The word “LIBERTY,” the date, and the motto “In God We Trust” were all required by the Mint, and the designer was directed to make Lady Liberty “as beautiful and full of character as possible.”