Gold Dollar - The 1886 Gold Dollar had a small mintage
of 5,000. More lower Mint State examples survive than previous
dates of the 1880s. In MS67 there are 18 certified, and
in MS68 there are none. Most business strikes are prooflike
and very reflective. They are easily confused with proofs.
In 1886 the Haymarket Riot took place. A
bombing took place at a peaceful rally in support of striking
workers. They were asking for an eight hour work day. The
blast killed seven police and four civilians. Many more
It is significant as the origin of May Day,
an observance for workers. In December the American Federation
of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio by Samuel Gompers.
It was the largest labor union in the United States in the
first half of the 20th century.