Silver

There were two distinct types struck in both years of minting. One was the design by Barber in which the young lady (Miss Liberty) on the obverse wore her hair in flowing style, and the other was a design by Morgan showing her with coiled hair. Of the latter, there were only 20 struck, so don’t worry too much about not having one. Incidentally, the title “Stella” comes not from the young lady’s name, but from the star design on the reverse, which bears the inscription: “One Stella $4.00” (Stella, from Latin meaning star). The Golden Age: 1900-1932. During the remainder of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Treasury experienced recurring difficulties trying to maintain full convertibility for the various issues of government paper that had come into existence. In addition to the greenbacks, there were then silver certificates and Treasury notes of 1890.12 The Gold Standard Act of 1900 finally made it official that all forms of United States currency were to be maintained at full parity with gold and to be fully convertible into gold coin or bullion.