The obverse exhibits a left-facing head of Liberty, a coronet on her head inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars are arranged around the border seven left, six right. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is above and the date 1878 is below. The N in IN is close to the point of Liberty's coronet and star 13 is close to the lowermost haircurl. On the reverse, a spread-wing eagle clutches an olive sprig in its right talon and a group of three arrows in its left talon. The Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is above the eagle, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the upper border and the denomination ONE DOLLAR is at the lower border. The upright of the letter B in PLURIBUS is under the extreme left foot of the second T in STATES. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Silver-gray in sheen, both sides retain plenty of bolder definition despite the presence of moderate wear. Scattered contact marks include a few trivial pinscratches, and a glossy texture from a cleaning is also noted.