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1849 $1 Gold Clad Tribute Proof

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Our Tribute to the Smallest U.S. Gov’t Gold Piece Ever to Circulate

The 1849 Gold Liberty Head dollar was the first Gold Dollar ever produced by the United States government. And, because of the high value of gold, it is also the smallest coin in the history of U.S. coinage: it measures just 13mm in diameter which is two-thirds the size of a modern-day dime. In 1849, Congress decided the country needed a one dollar gold coin in order to take advantage of America’s famous gold discovery that had occurred in California just the year before. So they authorized James Barton Longacre, the U.S. Mint Chief Engraver, to come up with a new design. It was only in production for six years until 1854 when it was replaced by a thinner coin that was larger in diameter. Now it’s been recreated as a privately-minted tribute proof, clad in 5 mg 24KT gold. You’re sure to want it for your collection!

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