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LIBERTY HEAD GOLD DOLLARS (1849-1854)

1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar Obverse      1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar Reverse

Images courtesy of The Charlottegold Company
 

The Liberty Head Gold Dollar (also known as the Type One Gold Dollar) was minted from 1849 to 1854.  When the U.S. Congress passed an Act in 1792 authorizing the first American Mint, the Gold Dollar was not even considered or included.  Were it not been for the discovery of vast quantities of gold in California in 1848, this denomination might never have existed.  Rare dates in this series include the 1849-C with an Open Wreath on the reverse and most of the coins struck at the Southern Mints at Dahlonega, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Below is a complete listing of all the date and mintmark combinations that appear in the Liberty Head Gold Dollar series.  Click on any date to learn more.

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1849

688,567

Existence doubted

Found with Open and Closed Wreaths on the reverse, plus varieties with smaller heads and with or without the designer's initial "L" on the bust line.

1849-C

11,634

0

Found with Open and Closed Wreaths on the reverse.  The Open Wreath version is extremely rare!

1849-D

21,588

0

These are known only with Open Wreaths.

1849-O

215,000

0

These are known only with Open Wreaths.

1850

481,953

Unique?

 

1850-C

6,966

0

 

1850-D

8,382

0

 

1850-O

14,000

0

 

1851

3,317,671

0

 

1851-C

41,267

0

 

1851-D

9,882

0

 

1851-O

290,000

0

 

1852

2,045,351

0

 

1852-C

9,434

0

 

1852-D

6,360

0

 

1852-O

140,000

0

 

1853

4,076,051

0

 

1853-C

11,515

0

 

1853-D

6,583

0

 

1853-O

290,000

0

 

1854

855,502

Unique?

 

1854-D

2,935

0

 

1854-S

14,632

0

 
 

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