The U.S Liberty and Indian Head Gold Dollars was minted from 1849 to 1889, was born out of the vast amounts of gold flowing out of the California hills during the Gold Rush. There are three Types in the $1 Gold Dollar series all designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver, James Barton Longacre, who had the big task, of designing the smallest U.S. Coins. Type I (1849-1854) was only 13mm in diameter. The obverse features a left-facing portrait of Liberty with a coronet crown in her hair, encircled by 13 stars, symbolic of the 13 original colonies. The reverse simply bears the denomination 1 DOLLAR and date within an open wreath with ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ surrounding the wreath. Type II Gold Dollars (1854-1856) were a thinner but larger coin at 15 mm diameter, with a new obverse design change to an “Indian Princess Head” portrait (Small Head), and other design changes.It is by far the scarcest in the series. Type III Gold Dollars (1856-1889) with a larger head, are the most common gold dollar in the series. Collecting gold dollars can be an enjoyable pursuit, chasing history of the second half of the 19th Century.

FMV Prices for Rare Coin Price Guide last updated 05/20/2022
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Liberty Head TI
Liberty Head TI Typedown$454 down$507 down$730 down$970 down$1,970
1849 No L$910 $1,160 $1,750 $2,340 $5,400
1849down$454 $830 $1,090 $1,590 $3,800
1849 C Closed Wreath$10,530 $11,840 $18,130 $42,250
1849 C Open Wreath$643,750 $662,500 $810,000
1849 D$5,280 $6,720 $15,000 $25,030 $85,150
1849 O$1,560 $2,000 $2,750 $5,220 $11,590
1850down$454 down$507 $840 $1,630 $5,090
1850 C$8,030 $14,780 $27,630
1850 D$10,470 $19,690 $36,730 $49,380
1850 O$3,500 down$4,660 down$6,880 $15,280
1851down$454 down$507 down$730 down$970 down$1,970
1851 C$3,560 $4,810 $5,780 $13,440 $24,060
1851 D$6,160 $7,810 $15,310 $23,730 $50,630
1851 O$780 $1,080 $1,780 $4,420 $7,660
1852down$454 down$507 down$730 down$970 $2,340
1852 C$5,190 $6,030 $10,190 $19,060 $31,560
1852 D$9,440 $20,350 $40,630
1852 O$1,280 $1,720 $3,590 $9,910 $30,940
1853down$454 down$507 down$730 down$970 down$1,970
1853 C$4,910 $6,880 $15,280 $22,430 $43,130
1853 D$9,190 $12,810 $24,380 $34,380 $53,310
1853 O$720 $1,190 $1,560 $2,470 $6,560
1854down$454 down$507 down$730 down$970 down$1,970
1854 D$12,220 $18,530 $37,810 $66,880
1854 S$3,910 $4,530 $6,880 $17,940 $50,380
Indian Head TII
Indian Head TII Type$1,840 $2,500 $5,060 $8,340 $24,380
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1854 TII$1,840 $2,500 $5,060 $8,340 $24,380
1855$1,840 $2,500 $5,160 $8,440 $26,880
1855 C$20,310 $40,940
1855 D$71,880 $82,550 $105,940 $176,880
1855 O$8,690 $14,630 $30,550 $45,630 $84,380
1856 S$8,910 $15,310 $30,550 $59,380
Indian Head TIII
Indian Head TIII Typedown$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1856 Slanteddown$531 down$613 down$830 $980 $2,590
1856 D$32,830 $51,880
1857down$531 down$613 down$830 $1,050 $3,940
1857 C$10,500 $19,830 $38,350
1857 D$13,440 $18,530 $40,950
1857 S$5,780 $11,510 $27,950
1858down$531 down$613 $1,130 $1,530 $5,360
1858 D$9,190 $12,810 $21,130 $47,450 $71,500
1858 S$5,590 $9,000 $19,830 $26,980 $46,480
1859down$531 down$613 down$830 $1,110 $2,780
1859 C$7,840 $13,130 $29,060 $78,130
1859 D$9,060 $13,440 $20,480 $35,750
1859 S$5,440 $8,220 $17,620 $30,360
1860$600 $780 $1,110 $2,440 $8,650
1860 D$22,190 $38,030 $57,850 $71,830
1860 S$3,090 $4,380 $6,060 $12,810 $41,880
1861down$563 $730 $1,000 $1,470 $3,030
1861 D$94,060 $103,130 $124,150 $159,250 $218,750
1862down$531 down$578 down$830 $1,060 $1,970
1863$8,780 $9,530 $11,030 $14,560 $24,050
1864$1,940 $3,220 $3,910 $6,660 $8,530
1865$3,090 $3,560 $4,220 $5,410 $9,810
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1866$1,310 $1,560 $2,190 $3,310 $4,660
1867$1,530 $1,940 $2,220 $3,340 $6,250
1868$1,080 $1,310 $2,130 $2,840 $5,660
1869$1,190 $1,410 $1,860 $2,690 $5,220
1870$1,040 $1,160 $1,780 $2,690 $4,220
1870 S$4,560 $5,530 $8,560 $13,980 $31,880
1871$980 $1,230 $1,940 $2,500 $4,090
1872$1,310 $1,660 $2,690 $3,090 $6,190
1873 Open 3down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 $1,410
1873 Closed 3$1,660 $2,030 $3,810 $7,690 $17,310
1874down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1875$12,940 $14,060 $16,060 $21,060 $37,190
1876$750 $1,040 $1,280 $1,810 $4,560
1877$890 $940 $1,560 $2,310 $4,220
1878$770 $810 $930 $1,160 $3,590
1879$570 $660 $880 $1,090 $2,160
1880down$531 $620 $910 $1,040 $1,530
1881down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 $1,440
1882down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 $1,340
1883down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1884down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 $1,220
1885down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 $1,210
1886down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1887down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1888down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180
1889down$531 down$578 down$830 $980 down$1,180

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