Posted 6 years ago
Picture One is the obverse (heads side) of the type one gold dollar dated 1853-O The little "O" at the bottom below the wreath of pic two indicates the coin was minted at the New Orleans mint. (pic one and pic two are the same coin) Pic three is the reverse (tails side) of the "1st year of issue" gold dollar, again a "Type One" which has the same obverse (heads) as the coin in pic one. And since there is "no mint-mark" at the bottom of the coin in pic three, that indicates the coin was minted at the Philadelphia mint. In 1854 the obverse (heads) was changed to an "Indian Princess" head rather than the liberty head pictured in pic one. This new "heads side" on the gold dollar remained throughout the minting of all gold dollars from 1854 through 1889. There was a slight change in the size of the Indian princess head from the coins struck in 1854-1856 from the coins featuring the same head from the latter part of 1856 til the end of the series in 1889. The difference in the size of the princess head between the type two and the type three gold dollar is slight, and can't be recognized easily unless one was a knowledgeable collector of this type coinage. The coin in pic four is the obverse (heads) of a "Type Three" gold dollar minted in 1862 showing the beautiful Indian Princess head. But seeing as how only 4 pics are allowed, this is all I am able to show. But above you can see exactly how each of the three types of gold dollars look that were struck by our govt in the mid-1800's. This one's for you Toyman.