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Obverse of 1861 Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1861 Gold Dollar

  
1861 GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7558, 7611, 87611

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 527,150
Proofs: 349

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: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the wreath on the reverse

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

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 420, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 650, sold for $2,185.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Well struck throughout, even on the lower obverse lettering and the central reverse, which are both notoriously weak on this denomination. Liberty's cheek and surrounding fields are especially fresh, showing no signs of contact or abuse. Struck from lightly clashed dies, with outlines of the reverse wreath visible on the obverse, as well as the head of Liberty inside the wreath on the reverse."

Recent appearances:
MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 61, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 48

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2115, sold for $632.50

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 62, not illustrated, sold for $483.00  From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 34

EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1417, sold for $172.50

Sharpness of EF-40 but there are rim marks.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3922, not illustrated, sold for $121.00

Brilliant Uncirculated with claims to Choice.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1641, not plated, sold for $327.75

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Varieties:

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