Early one dollar coins in the United States were proposed by the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, in 1791. Hamilton proposed both silver and gold dollar coins. However, it would be more than 50 years before the United States Mint produced a gold dollar coin. Today, Pre-33 $1 Gold Indian Princess Coins with Type 3 design are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to you inside of protective flips!
- Issued between 1856 and 1889 in the Type 3 design!
- Consists of .04837 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- The face value of $1 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Liberty is in left-profile relief on the obverse wearing an ornate crown with feathers.
- The coin’s denomination is featured on the reverse with a wreath around it.
- Designed by James B. Longacre.
The first gold dollar coins were actually produced at a private mint in North Carolina. Attempts to coin gold dollars were thwarted throughout the 1830s and would not debut from the US Mint until 1849. The first design in the series, featuring Liberty with a crown, was created by James B. Longacre and remained in use until 1854. From 1854 to 1856, Longacre’s Princess Indian design with a smaller head featured on the series. The Type 3 design debuted in 1856 and remained on the coin until its cessation in 1889.
All Pre-33 $1 Gold Indian Princess Coins available here come with a protective plastic flip. This Type 3 design from Longacre included a larger Liberty head image and was a larger, thinner coin to answer the concerns of Americans who believed the coins were too small and easily lost.
On the obverse side of the Pre-33 $1 Gold Indian Princess Coins is a depiction of Lady Liberty in left-profile relief. She is surrounded by the phrase “United States of America” and wears a very ornate crown with feathers.
The reverse face of Pre-33 $1 Gold Indian Princess Coins includes the inscriptions of “1 Dollar” and a date mark inside of a closed wreath. This is the same image that featured on Type 2 and Type 3 versions of the coin. The original US gold dollar coin featured an open wreath that was less ornate than the one found on these coins.
US gold dollar coins were produced by the Dahlonega, Charlotte, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Philadelphia Mints. Only the Philadelphia Mint coins were produced without a mint mark, while all the others featured either a D, C, O, or S mint mark on the reverse below the wreath.
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