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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 03/05/2021
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Liberty Head TI
Liberty Head TI Typedown$354 down$366 down$550 down$790 down$1,810
1849 No Ldown$910 down$1,160 down$1,750 down$2,130 down$4,520
1849down$384 down$620 down$940 down$1,590 down$3,320
1849 C Closed Wreath$9,810 down$11,780 $16,250 down$42,250 --
1849 C Open Wreath$643,750 $662,500 $810,000 -- --
1849 Ddown$4,940 down$6,720 down$15,000 $25,030 $50,050
1849 Odown$1,410 down$1,910 down$2,750 down$5,160 down$11,060
1850down$401 $425 down$840 down$1,630 down$4,910
1850 C$8,030 down$14,780 $27,630 -- --
1850 D$10,470 down$17,190 $33,150 $45,630 --
1850 Odown$3,160 down$3,910 $6,440 $15,280 --
1851down$354 down$366 down$550 down$790 down$1,810
1851 C$3,410 $4,810 down$5,780 $13,440 $24,060
1851 Ddown$5,840 $7,810 down$15,310 down$23,730 $50,630
1851 Odown$780 down$1,080 down$1,780 down$4,420 down$7,660
1852down$354 down$366 down$550 down$790 down$2,090
1852 C$5,000 down$6,030 down$9,660 down$17,190 $31,560
1852 D$9,440 $20,350 $40,630 -- --
1852 Odown$1,280 down$1,720 down$3,530 down$9,910 down$30,940
1853down$354 down$366 down$550 down$790 down$1,810
1853 Cdown$4,910 down$6,880 down$12,320 $19,830 --
1853 D$9,410 down$12,810 $24,380 $34,380 down$53,130
1853 Odown$720 down$980 down$1,500 down$2,470 down$6,560
1854down$354 down$366 down$550 down$790 down$1,810
1854 Ddown$10,160 $17,550 down$37,810 $66,880 --
1854 S$3,440 down$4,220 $6,880 down$16,880 down$50,380
Indian Head TII
Indian Head TII Typedown$1,500 down$2,060 down$4,060 down$7,630 down$23,750
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1854 TIIdown$1,500 down$2,060 down$4,060 down$7,630 down$23,750
1855$1,500 down$2,060 down$4,250 down$7,630 down$23,750
1855 Cdown$19,060 down$40,630 -- -- --
1855 Ddown$61,880 down$73,450 $98,130 down$166,880 --
1855 O$8,690 down$14,300 down$30,550 down$41,880 --
1856 S$9,220 $15,310 $30,550 down$59,380 --
Indian Head TIII
Indian Head TIII Typedown$425 down$460 down$640 down$770 down$1,020
1856 Slanteddown$425 down$488 down$640 down$840 $2,590
1856 Ddown$32,180 $51,880 -- -- --
1857down$425 down$525 down$660 down$1,050 $3,940
1857 Cdown$10,500 $19,830 $38,350 -- --
1857 D$13,440 down$18,530 $40,950 -- --
1857 Sdown$5,780 $11,510 $27,950 -- --
1858$448 $575 $1,130 down$1,530 down$4,490
1858 D$9,190 $12,810 $21,450 $47,450 $71,500
1858 Sdown$5,280 down$9,000 $19,830 down$26,980 down$46,480
1859down$425 down$488 $730 down$1,110 $2,780
1859 Cdown$7,840 $13,310 down$29,060 $78,130 --
1859 Ddown$9,060 down$13,440 $20,480 $35,750 --
1859 S$5,440 $8,220 down$17,620 $29,580 --
1860$600 down$780 $1,110 $2,440 down$7,440
1860 Ddown$22,190 $38,030 $57,850 $71,830 --
1860 Sdown$3,090 down$4,380 down$5,060 $12,810 $41,880
1861down$550 down$630 down$790 down$1,410 down$3,030
1861 D$86,880 $94,380 $105,950 down$149,500 down$181,250
1862down$425 down$460 down$640 down$840 down$1,720
1863down$8,780 down$9,530 down$11,030 $14,560 $24,050
1864down$1,940 down$3,220 down$3,910 down$6,030 $7,940
1865$3,090 $3,560 $4,220 down$5,410 $9,810
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1866$1,310 $1,560 down$2,190 $3,310 $4,660
1867$1,310 down$1,810 $2,220 down$3,030 $6,250
1868$1,080 $1,310 $2,130 $2,910 $5,660
1869$1,190 $1,410 down$1,860 $2,720 down$5,220
1870down$1,040 $1,160 down$1,780 down$2,690 down$4,220
1870 Sdown$4,160 down$5,530 down$8,560 down$13,650 down$27,810
1871down$980 $1,230 $1,940 $2,500 $4,090
1872$1,310 $1,660 $2,690 $3,090 $6,190
1873 Open 3down$425 down$460 down$640 down$770 down$1,410
1873 Closed 3$1,660 $1,970 $3,810 down$7,690 down$17,310
1874down$425 down$460 down$640 down$770 down$1,060
1875$11,190 $12,440 down$13,750 down$21,060 $37,190
1876$750 down$1,040 down$1,280 down$1,780 $4,560
1877down$890 $940 $1,560 down$2,220 $4,220
1878down$770 down$810 down$930 down$1,160 $3,590
1879down$570 down$660 down$880 down$1,090 down$2,160
1880down$525 down$620 down$910 down$1,040 down$1,530
1881down$425 down$460 down$640 $860 down$1,440
1882down$425 down$460 down$670 $840 down$1,340
1883down$472 down$543 down$690 $840 $1,090
1884down$425 down$572 down$660 down$780 $1,220
1885down$425 down$531 down$670 down$810 down$1,210
1886down$443 down$472 down$660 down$810 down$1,020
1887down$425 down$531 down$640 down$770 down$1,020
1888down$425 down$531 down$660 down$860 down$1,130
1889down$425 down$460 down$640 $770 down$1,020

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