Despite having a lower mintage compared to the prior two Philadelphia issues, the 1926 Peace Dollar remains relatively available. Examples can easily be encountered in circulated and most uncirculated grades, although populations start to become more scarce at the MS66 grade level. A single example has been graded MS67 by NGC.
An intriguing aspect to this issue is the appearance of the word “GOD” within the obverse inscription “IN GOD WE TRUST”. It seems that the motto had become progressively weaker in the preceding years and therefore it was retouched. Curiously, only a single word of the motto was altered, leading to the unusually prominent appearance of “GOD” on the coin.
There is some speculation that the temporary prominence of “God” was intentional, possibly in reaction to the legal case involving teaching evolution in schools, which was ongoing at the time.
1926 Peace Dollar Mintage and Specifications
Mint mark: none (Philadelphia)
Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.73 grams
Diameter: 38.1 mm