8.3 Unflattering Engravings
Trade dollars were not well liked by the public when used domestically in commerce. Merchants often discounted the coins or even did not accept them at all. Being large, silver,
and with a seated figure, it is no wonder that this disliked coin served as the canvas for some distasteful artwork by a few people. Commonly referred to as “potty dollars,” they
showed Liberty seated on an engraved chamber pot. Ironically, some of the examples are very well executed and rival the finest love tokens in their artistry.
Two twenty-cent “potty coins”
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