The 2021 Peace Dollar is a striking modern-day rendition of the Peace silver dollars of the 20th century that features the same obverse and reverse designs created by Anthony (Antonio) de Francisci a century ago. De Francisci was an Italian-American sculptor who would lead a notable career designing artwork for numerous U.S. coins and medals.
The obverse of the Peace Dollar – both 21st and 20th-century renditions – features a stunning profile portrait of Lady Liberty. In de Francisci’s iteration, Liberty dons a “radiant” crown, as the Mint describes it, that “reflected the country’s new attitude” of pride and triumph after the Allied victory in World War I. The Mint further elaborates that the Peace Dollar “symbolized the country’s coming of age as an international power, while recognizing the sacrifices made by its citizens in World War I and celebrating victory and peace,” a sentiment captured quite elegantly by de Franisci’s designs. The word “LIBERTY” lines the obverse’s top rim, while the nation’s motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” flanks either side of Lady Liberty’s portrait. The coin’s strike year appears along the bottom edge of the obverse.
The Peace Dollar’s reverse depicts a reflective American eagle resting atop what looks to be a mountain peak. The bird seems to exude a sense of peace, contentment, and pride as he gazes out over the horizon – presumably the artist’s way of representing the sentiment felt by the United States and all Allied nations after the end of the war. An olive branch, befittingly symbolizing peace, appears under the bird’s talons, while rays of sunshine beam brilliantly in the background, nicely complimenting the ray-like crown worn by Liberty on the coin’s obverse. The words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” line the top edge of the reverse design, while the phrase "E PLURIBUS UNUM" – meaning, "Out of many, one" – appears just beneath. The coin's "ONE DOLLAR" face value flanks the mighty bird, with the word "PEACE" appearing as the sole inscription along the coin's bottom rim.