Gold Dollar - The 1861 Gold Dollar is one of the common
dates of the series; however, they are still very desirable
as genuine Civil War era artifacts. Most are well struck
and are often found with clashed dies. Sometimes the word
LIBERTY can be read on the reverse. Nineteen examples have
been certified above MS65. The highest are two examples
certified in MS67.
In 1861 the Confederate States of America
was established. Eleven Southern slave states created the
government that existed from 1861 to 1865. The establishment
of the CSA led to the Civil War because the federal government
refused the recognize the right of the states to secede.