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1859 GOLD DOLLAR - TYPE 3 GOLD DOLLAR
1859 Gold Dollar

1859 Gold Dollar - The 1859 Gold Dollar was poorly struck with central weakness and die clashing being commonplace. Higher grade Mint State examples are rare. NGC has 9 in MS66 and above. PCGS has 12 in MS66 and higher with one MS68+ specimen.

Specifications:
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 1.672 grams (25.8 grains) (.0538 troy ounces)
Diameter: 15 millimeters
Composition: 90% gold; 10% copper
Gold Content: 1.505 grams (23.22 grains) (.0484 troy ounces)

In 1859 John Brown led a group of 16 men on a raid on Harper’s Ferry. Brown was an abolitionist who advocated armed insurrection as a way to abolish slavery. Harper’s Ferry was a U.S. arsenal in Virginia. A detachment of U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee defeated him. Brown thought that by capturing the arsenal he would be able to arm rebellious slaves and begin an uprising in Virginia.

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