The scarcest of the gold dollar series, the Type II Indian Head Gold Dollar features the image of Miss Liberty wearing a feathered Indian headdress on the obverse and a wreath encircling the denomination and date on the reverse.
The diameter of the Type II was increased from the 13mm of the Type I to 15mm, making the coins easier to handle. However, due to a flaw in the design, the coin did not strike up well and most showed noticeable weakness near the numerals of the date. So, the Type II design was only minted from 1854 to 1856, when it was replaced by a new design.
The Type II design was minted at the Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans & San Francisco mints. With a total mintage of 1,633,426 over 3 years and 5 different mint marks, the average mintage figure is 272,237. The 1854 & 1855 Philadelphia coins are the most common variety.
The 1855 Dahlonega is the rarest with a mintage of only 1,811 coins. The following is a list of dates from rarest to most common.
1855 D - 1,811 coins
1855 C - 9,803 coins
1856 S - 24,600 coins
1855 O - 55,000 coins
1855 P - 758,269 coins
1854 P - 783,943 coins
These coins are rich in history and a beautiful piece of art. A true representation of the value of a dollar.
Demand for the Type II Gold Dollar has traditionally been strong and it is considered the key coin in the popular 12-Coin U.S. Gold Set.
This classically beautiful Type III Gold Dollar was minted from 1856 until 1889 and features the image of Miss Liberty wearing a feathered Indian headdress on the obverse and a wreath encircling the denomination and date on the reverse.
For 33 years this variety was produced at the Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega & San Francisco mints. From 1856 -1889 a total of 5,327,468 coins were minted. The most common date is 1856 Philadelphia coin with a mintage of 1,762,936. There are 47 different dates and mint marks making the average mintage of 113,350. Only 8 of these varieties have mintage figures that exceed the average.
1856 P - 1,762,936
1862 P - 1,361,355
1857 P - 774,789
1861 P - 527,150
1874 P - 198,800
1859 P - 168,244
1873 P open 3 - 123,300
1858 P - 117,995
The rest of the dates are rare to extremely rare with the 1861 D & 1875 P being the rarest dates. With all of these coins being at least 118 years old, the pride of ownership of these historical pieces, is truly the greatest joy.
These coins are a true representation of the value of a dollar!