Gold Dollars - TYPE 1
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1849 D  G$1NGC AU-58+ $ 4140
1849 Open Wreath G$1PCGS MS-66 10580
1851 C  G$1NGC MS-60 2935
1851 D  G$1NGC AU-55 2820
1851 O  G$1NGC AU-53 315
1851 O  G$1NGC MS-65 7300
1852  G$1PCGS MS-66 4830
1852 C  G$1NGC MS-63 6325
1853 O  G$1NGC AU-55 375

Gold Dollars - TYPE 2
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1854 Type 2 G$1PCGS MS-62 $ Call
1855-O  G$1PCGS AU-53 1895
1855 O  G$1NGC AU-55 2415
1855 O  G$1NGC AU-58 3850

Gold Dollars - TYPE 3
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1859  G$1PCGS MS-63 $ 575
1879   G$1NGC MS-63 1095
1881   G$1NGC MS-68 8970
1885   G$1NGC MS-63 760
1888  G$1PCGS MS-64 775
1889   G$1NGC MS-64 Call
1889  G$1PCGS MS-67 2100



Facts


Gold Dollars were first coined in 1849 as a result of the coinage bill of March 3 in that year, which also authorized the minting of $20 Double Eagles. The first type, usually referred to as simply "Type 1", is a small sized Coronet design by James Barton Longacre.

At the direction of the new Mint Director, Col. James Ross Snowden, Longacre redesigned the Gold $1 on a broader flan, with a narrow "Indian Princess" head obverse. Minted for less than three years, this is the scarcest of the three Gold $1 types, Poor strikes and accelerated wear from the high relief design contribute to this issue's relative scarcity and higher prices in the upper grades.

In order to remedy the problems of inadequate striking and accelerated wear of the Type 2 issue, in 1855 Snowden again directed Longacre to redesign the Gold $1. Largely an adaptation of his $3 design, special care was now taken to avoid opposing areas of high relief. While mintage for this type are small, fortunately, many still exist is high grade.