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1859-D Gold Dollar Obverse      1859-D Gold Dollar Reverse

  
1859-D GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS No: 7553

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,952
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±14.3 millimeters

Metal content:
 Gold - 90%
Silver and Copper - 10%

Weight: ±25.8 grains (±1.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

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

Images courtesy of The Charlottegold Company

Notes:
The 1859-D Gold Dollar was struck in the twilight years of the U.S. Branch Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia (just two years after this coin was struck, the Confederate Army seized the Dahlonega Mint, coined a few Gold Dollars and Half Eagles, then shuttered the doors forever).  In terms of relative rarity, the 1859-D Gold Dollar boasts the eighth lowest mintage (only 4,952 pieces) of the thirteen D-Mint Gold Dollars.  The Dahlonega Mint was never known for producing technically perfect coins and, in keeping with that tradition, the 1859-D Gold Dollar is usually weakly struck, especially at the 85 of the date.

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-63's.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Sold as part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

PCGS MS-62 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 644, sold for $9,200.00

PCGS MS-62, the "Duke's Creek" example

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58, the "North Georgia" example

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1191, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1213, illustrated, sold for $8,338.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 628, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1214, illustrated, sold for $4,255.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 645, sold for $3,105.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 646, sold for $2,300.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 58, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  Purchased from Abe Kosoff, August 1973

About Uncirculated. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1412, sold for $1,955.00

Net EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 59, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 1700

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

Obverse of 1859-D Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1859-D Gold Dollar

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