Gold Dollar - The 1856-D Gold Dollar is very rare because
of its low mintage of only 1,460 and its low rate of preservation.
It is a key to the series. Only 11 have been certified in
Mint State by both services with the finest being a single
MS63. Most examples are weakly struck with the U in UNITED
always soft or missing.
In the presidential election of 1856, James
Buchanan, a Democrat defeated John C. Fremont, a Republican
and Millard Fillmore, a Know Nothing. Fremont condemned
the expansion of slavery. Buchanan endorsed the popular
sovereignty approach to slavery expansion. Fillmore ignored
slavery and favored anti-immigration policies. He won only
about one fifth of the vote. The incumbent, Franklin Pierce
was not renominated by his party because under his leadership
the Democrats had divided into the Northern and Southern
wings of the party.