Gold Dollar - The 1856-S gold dollar is popular because it
is the only San Francisco Type 2 Gold Dollar. There is a Double
S variety that was made because the mintmark was punched too
far to the right.
A large number of the coins
of this issue have the Double S. In total only 2 coins of
this date and mint have been certified MS65 with none higher.
In the spring, the Sacking
of Lawrence helped increase the desire for the guerrilla war
in the Kansas Territory. It became known as Bleeding Kansas.
Lawrence was an anti-slavery town that became the center of
The immediate cause was the
arrest of free-state settlers by Sheriff Samuel Jones. Town
residents drove him out after he was shot on May 11th. Later
Jones returned with 800 southerners, disarmed the citizens,
and wrecked the town’s anti-slavery press.