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1861-D Gold Dollar Reverse     1861-D Gold Dollar Reverse

  
1861-D GOLD DOLLAR

PCGS No: 7559

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: Unknown
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, Georgia) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of The Charlottegold Company

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-63.  Heritage 01/2004: 9002, $43,125.00, Variety 12-Q

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena sale of the Mory collection, June, 2000, Lot 1151 - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 680, illustrated, sold for $46,000.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 981, plated, sold for $32,200.00  Ex - Auction '88 (Akers, July-August 1988, lot 853) 

PCGS MS-61.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot

PCGS MS-61 (illustrated above).  Sold as part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 63, illustrated, sold for $21,850.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3923, illustrated, sold for $18,400.00  One of the most coveted of all gold dollars because these were all struck by the Confederacy.  Two dies were shipped to Dahlonega which arrived on January 7, 1861.  No coins were struck by the union.  After the Rebels seized the mint, an unknown quantity of gold dollars were coined using an old obverse from 1860 and one of the two new reverses, most of which have been lapped so that the wreath is always weak and lacking fine detail.

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s sale of the "Chestatee" Collection, August 1999, Lot 7635 - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 744, sold for $17,825.00

PCGS AU-53.  Sold as part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

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

Obverse of 1861-D Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1861-D Gold Dollar

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin (2000 ANA Mid-Winter)

Obverse of 1861-D Gold Dollar     Reverse of 1861-D Gold Dollar

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. (Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001)