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    1855 Type Two Gold Dollar, MS66
    Conditionally Rare Type Coin

    1855 G$1 Type Two MS66 PCGS. In 1854, James B. Longacre revised the gold dollar design for a slightly larger planchet of 15 mm. The original coronet-wearing Liberty head was replaced with a portrait adorned in a headdress, and the simple reverse wreath was replaced with a larger, agricultural wreath. The obverse border stars were replaced with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The denomination and date retained their central reverse placement.

    Longacre's new design was attractive, but the Liberty head proved to be too high of relief for the thinner planchet -- when the diameter was increased, the planchet had to be thinned, producing a strike problem that had not previously occurred for the denomination. The strike issue resulted in Longacre revising the design a second time, in 1856, replacing the high relief Liberty portrait with a miniature version of the Liberty head that was in use on the larger three dollar coin.

    Between late 1854 and early 1856, the Type Two gold dollar was coined at all five active mints, however, the branch mint issues were produced in limited quantities and circulated extensively, making them scarce today in high grade. The 1854 and 1855 Philadelphia coins are the only Type Two issues generally available in high grade, and they are the only ones known to exist as fine as MS66 for type collectors.

    This Premium Gem 1855 coin is conditionally rare, and the frosty honey-gold and lilac surfaces produce exceptional eye appeal. Central strike sharpness is far above average, and the pristine surfaces appear to shimmer beneath a light. An incredible type coin. Population: 16 in 66 (3 in 66+), 5 finer (4/20).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25C4, PCGS# 7532)

    Weight: 1.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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