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GOLD DOLLARS 1849-1861 Type Three 1856-1861
Diameter: 15 millimeters Large Indian Head
Weight: 25.8 grains Fineness: .900
Edge: Reeded Designer: James B. Longacre

Mintage: 1,460

The 1856-D is a major rarity, comparable to both the 1855-D and 1861-D in terms of total number of specimens known. Invariably weakly struck on the obverse, with a lack of detail on Liberty's hair and headdress and at the U in UNITED. Original, uncleaned 1856-D gold dollars of high quality have frosty luster with coloration ranging from orange-gold to greenish-gold hues. Only around 70 coins of this date survive with 5% or less in Mint State.


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