Gold Dollar -> 1850-C


  • Gold Dollars 1849 - 1859
  • Type One 1849 - 1853
  • Diameter: 13 millimeters
  • Fineness: .900
  • Weight: 26.8 grains
  • Designer: James B. Longacre
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Coiner: Emmor Graham

As one might expect from an issue with the second lowest mintage figure of any gold dollar from the Charlotte Mint, the 1850-C is very scarce in any grade. It is often found with a poor strike and with numerous marks in the fields. Interestingly, a number of attractive prooflike examples are known and these are very popular as they tend to show the best detail of any 1850-C gold dollars. This is the only Charlotte coin which has been counterfeited in any significant quantity and it is important to have even well worn specimens examined by third party grading services. Less than 100 exist and the typical coin grades Very Fine to Extremely Fine. The 1850-C gold dollar is rare in About Uncirculated and very rare in Mint State with fewer than a half dozen believed to exist.

Condition Census

  1. North Georgia collection, ex Stack's 10/94: 756, James Stack collection. Later graded MS-62 by NGC.
  2. Heritage 9/97: 7391, ex California collection, Elrod collection. Graded MS-62 by NGC.
  3. New York collection. Graded MS-62 by NGC.
  4. Kingswood Coin Auctions 2/25-26/98: 282. Graded MS-61 by PCGS.
  5. (tie). The following coins have all been certified as MS-61 by NGC:
    • North Georgia collection.
    • New York Gold Mart inventory, 2/97.
    • New Jersey collection, ex Doug Winter, 8/97.