This set features a cross-section of nineteenth century gold coins in varying denominations and designs. This collection features some of the longest-running but rarest of American coins.
The smallest gold coin ever minted by the United States, the $1 Liberty Head has a diameter of only thirteen millimeters. This is smaller even than a modern dime, which has a diameter of nearly eighteen millimeters. The small size of the coin led to a challenging minting process, leading to the coin only being in production from 1849 through 1854. On the obverse, the Type I Gold Dollar has thirteen stars symbolizing the first thirteen states surrounding the crowned image of Miss. A wreath surrounding the denomination as well as the mint date adorns the reverse. The 1849 run featured two unique features. On a few of the 1849 Type I coins, Miss Liberty’s head is much smaller than normal. Also in 1849, the reverse bears a closed wreath and an open wreath on the reverse.
The longest lasting design in U.S. history, the $2.50 Liberty Head coin was minted from 1840 through 1907.Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the coin weighs 4.18 grams and contains .12094 ounces of pure gold. Although the design remained largely the same throughout the years, there were some changes along the way. In 1859 a modified design was introduced. This design featured smaller letters and arrowheads and were minted alongside the larger variety in Philadelphia from 1859 through 1861. In 1877, this design reached San Francisco and started to be minted there.
The $5 Liberty Head coin was minted from 1795 through 1908, going through design changes along the way, but maintaining its essential qualities. The design features a portrait of Miss Liberty on the obverse and an American Eagle on the reverse. This famous design makes these coins beautiful works of art that are a welcome addition to any collection. Although they were minted for a long period, due to their age these coins have become increasingly rare, especially in uncirculated, Mint State 62 grade. This scarcity combined with the fact that prices are near their lowest ever provides a great opportunity for collectors to add a wonderful coin to their collection.
Minted from 1795 to 1907, the $10 Liberty Head features a design similar to the $5 Liberty Head coin minted during the same time period. Because of their age, these coins in mint condition are very rare and are an excellent buy. Their prices are near their all-time low and should be a serious consideration for collectors.
Minted from 1849 through 1907, the $20 Liberty Head coin features one of the most recognizable designs in U.S. coinage history. This coin has three different types from throughout the years. Type I is often referred to as the “No Motto” variety and was minted from 1849 through 1866. Type II was minted from 1866 through 1876 and features “Twenty D” on the reverse. Type III closed out the coin run from 1877 through 1907 and replaced “Twenty D” with the words “Twenty Dollars.” The 5 piece gold liberty set is a wonderful example of nineteenth century American coinage. Due to their scarcity and historically low prices, these must be a consideration for any collector. Contact us to confirm pricing and place your order.