The Letcher Mint operated in the early 1970’s and produced rounds with a representation of an eagle standing upon a rock with its wings extended over a sash with the inscription “One Troy Ounce.” The Eagle depiction appears to have native american origins. On the other side the coins have a detailed inscription which indicates its origin and certifies its quality. The signature of the mint’s namesake, an “A Letcher,” appears on the die, along with the year of the coin’s striking.
The full inscription reads “ONE TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER STRUCK IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE LETCHER MINT CERTIFIED WEIGHT AND QUALITY” A Letcher
Who was A Letcher? Why did he create such unique coins? These are wonderful questions to contemplate as one admires the artwork and feels the weight of the silver coin in one’s hands.