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[ Coins ] Proof Gold Dollars 1855 G$1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS
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[ Coins ] Proof Gold Dollars 1855 G$1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. Ex: Pittman. Alexander Hamilton's original 1791 vision for U.S. coinage comprised a gold dollar among other denominations. But no such denomination was produced in the 18th century, even though the nation made its first dollars in 1794. In the early 1830s, the Bechtler family began minting gold dollars and other denominations from local North Carolina gold. Robert W. Julian, in an Oct. 20, 1982, Coin World article, wrote, Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury, as far back as August 1834 had considered the interesting idea of a gold dollar for the United States. Although the Mint officers at the time had thrown cold water on the idea, saying that gold pieces of this size had never been deposited at the Mint and they knew of no country where they circulated, nevertheless Woodbury persisted. In mid-January 1836 Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht was instructed to drop all else and produce a pair of dies to strike pattern gold dollars. The all else that Gobrecht was instructed to drop included his work on designs for what would later be called the Gobrecht silver dollars, based on work by the noted naturalist and artist Titian Peale and portrait painter Thomas Sully. The reintroduction of the silver dollar was a pet project of Mint Director Robert Maskell Patterson. It is likely that some of Patterson's objections were due to his support of the silver dollar. Even after the Mint produced a few gold dollar patterns, dated 1836, the project came to nought. The first Gobrecht silver dollars entered circulation in 1836. Although numerous pattern (and circulation strike) silver dollars followed through 1839 - with restrikes extending over a period of perhaps several decades - by 1840 the silver dollar was again firmly entrenched as a coinage denomination. Although a couple of times in the 1840s proposals for a gold dollar resurfaced,
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