During the American Civil War Mexican silver coinage was made legal tender by the Confederate States. The South's lack of access to bullion kept them from creating coinage of their own. Issues like this Mexican Liberty Cap dollar might have been used at that time. This first silver dollar of the Mexican Republic contains more silver than classic U.S. Mint silver dollars. The dramatic Cap and Ray design adopted the liberty cap (symbol of hard-won freedom) used on early U.S. coins and added intense rays as a passionate expression of freedom. Certified Genuine in Average Circulated condition.