“Less Than 1% BU Survival” 1923-D Peace Silver Dollar BU:
Struck early in the series, this Peace silver dollar of the Denver Mint is surprisingly elusive in mint-state quality. A silver dollar encyclopedia estimates that as few as 34,000 may survive today in Brilliant Uncirculated grades. That means that merely 0.5% — half of 1% — of the Denver Mint’s original output exists in BU quality. An extremely high proportion of the 1923-D BU’s held in reserve at the Treasury and banks were later melted down during World War II and lost forever to collectors.
“Low Mintage” 1934 Philadelphia Peace Silver Dollar BU:
The Peace silver dollar series was suspended after its quota was reached in 1928. This last silver dollar produced for commerce was briefly revived in 1934 and 1935 during the Great Depression. Five more issues emerged during those years and the lowest-mintage of these was this 1934 Philadelphia dollar. A total of just 954,057 were struck for circulation, which proved to be the third lowest Philadelphia output in the entire series.