Gold Dollars - TYPE 1
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1849-C Closed Wreath G$1PCGS AU-53 $ 3565
1849-D  G$1PCGS AU-50 2100
1849-D  G$1PCGS AU-53 3450
1849 D  G$1NGC AU-58+ 4025
1850  G$1PCGS MS-65 3965
1850 C  G$1NGC XF-45 2100
1851 D  G$1NGC AU-55 2820
1851 O  G$1NGC MS-61 720
1851 O  G$1NGC MS-65 7300
1852  G$1PCGS MS-66 4830
1853-O  G$1PCGS MS-62 860
1854-D  G$1PCGS AU-55 7705

Gold Dollars - TYPE 2
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1855-O  G$1PCGS AU-55 $ 2185
1855 O  G$1NGC AU-58 3850

Gold Dollars - TYPE 3
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1856 D  G$1NGC MS-63 $ 90275
1856 SLANTED 5 Slanted 5  G$1NGC MS-63 565
1858-D  G$1PCGS AU-58 4945
1859-D  G$1PCGS MS-61 8625
1862   G$1NGC MS-63 545



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.