The 2005 John Marshall Commemorative Silver Dollar was the first of two US Mint commemorative silver strikes that year. The Mint produced this strike on April 25, 2005, to commemorate the 250th birthday of the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
"John Marshall’s service to the United States—not only as a Chief Justice, but also as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, as a Member of Congress, and as Secretary of State truly makes him one of the most important figures in our Nations history."
The silver dollars were produced in proof and uncirculated form, and the initial maximum mintage was 400,000. The dollars were minted to both conditions. A total of just 263,849 coins were used in the final mintage.
Each and every 2005 coin's obverse John Mercanti, a sculptor and engraver for the United States Mint, is responsible for the design of the John Marshall Commemorative Silver Dollar, which features a portrait of the former Chief Justice facing left.
The original work of the French painter Charles-Balthazar-Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin served as the source of inspiration for this artwork, which was based on his artistic creations.
Additionally, the inscriptions of JOHN MARSHALL, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1801-1836, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 2005 are shown.
The coin's reverse shows the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the US Capitol Building. US Mint sculptor/engraver Donna Weaver designed it, which reads UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and ONE DOLLAR.
The amount of surcharges that were collected from the sale of these strikes was given to the Supreme Court Historical Society so that they may add further items to their collection.