U.S. Coins Gold Coinage $1 Gold

1861-D G$1 PCGS AU55 * Rare Civil War Gold Issue Struck by the Confederacy *

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The 1861-D is a famous numismatic rarity. Other than the super-rare (and largely uncollectible) 1849-C Open Wreath gold dollar, this is the scarcest coin in the entire series. Serious numismatists and Confederate historians are agreed that the real claim to fame for this issue lies in the fact that it is the only official U.S. coin to be struck under Confederate control. The rebel forces struck approximately 1,000 specimens, but experts believe fewer than 75 coins exist today.

The coin offered here is one of the few survivors. Graded AU55 by PCGS, there are only a handful finer. Recent public auction records are scant on this issue, however DLRC Auctions sold a PCGS/CAC AU53 in June 2012 for $60,000 (ex: Broadus R. Littlejohn Collection). This is truly a rare opportunity to obtain a major U.S. piece of Confederate history.

This coin appears as #71 in the Top 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, Third Edition by Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.


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Catalog Details:
PCGS #: 7559 ()
Catalog: U.S. Coins
Category: Gold Coinage
Series: $1 Gold
Type: Princess large head, type 3
Years for Type: 1856-1889
Strike: Business
Denomination: Gold dollar
Mint Location: Dahlonega
Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: 90% gold; 10% copper
Weight: 1.672g
Edge Type: Reeded
Mintage: 1,250