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1849-D Gold Dollar Obverse     1849-D Gold Dollar Reverse


PCGS No: 7507


Circulation strikes: 21,588
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±12.7 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: ±25.8 grains (±1.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, GA) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Hancock & Harwell Rare Coins

The discovery of vast quantities of gold in California prompted the issuance of a new American coin in 1849 - the Gold Dollar.  Each of the four U.S. Mints in operation at the time (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dahlonega and Charlotte) produced Gold Dollars, with Dahlonega contributing 21,588 coins to the total.

All 1849-D Gold Dollars have Open Wreaths on the reverse.

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Part of the Duke's Creek Collection.

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3526, sold for $9,487.50

.  Sold as part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

NGC MS-62 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 608 at $5,290.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 9, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, April 3, 1973

NGC AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 616, "Open Wreath", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 413, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 10, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  Purchased from Mattoff, February 19,1972

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1344 at $2,990.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2078, "Open Wreath" at $1,725.00

EF-45, Rev Rims Filed.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5937, not illustrated, sold for $575.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 14 sold for $747.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1849-D Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1849-D Gold Dollar

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.