1855 Gold Dollar PCGS MS66

Gem and Then Some

The gold dollar was introduced in 1849, authorized by the same legislation that created the double eagle in the wake of gold discoveries in California. Gold dollars weighed just 1.672 gm and had a diameter of 13 mm, making them even smaller than the three cent silver pieces that would be issued a couple of years later. In 1854, the Mint increased the diameter to 15 mm by thinning the planchet. James B. Longacre redesigned coin to mark the change and adapt the motifs for a thinner planchet. The Type Two design replaced the standard Liberty Head obverse with an Indian Princess bust, and the wreath on the reverse was exchanged for the one designed for the new three dollar gold pieces. However, the new design did not strike up fully on such a thin planchet, and in 1856, the obverse Liberty portrait was replaced with a lower-relief alternative that was similar to the design of the three dollar gold piece.

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