|GOLD DOLLARS 1849-1861||Type One 1849 - 1854|
|Diameter: 13 millimeters||Liberty Head, Small Planchet|
|Weight: 25.8 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: James B. Longacre|
The 1853-D is the fourth rarest of the six Type One gold dollars from the Dahlonega Mint. Very few Mint State coins are known. Most were struck on better than average planchets, but there are still coins that have mint-made problems. The quality of the strike on this date is below average with weakness on both obverse and reverse. Original, uncleaned 1853-D gold dollars will have orange-gold, greenish or rose-copper coloration. Satiny luster is most often seen on this date but a few prooflike examples are known. Average eye appeal is the norm. Close to 135 specimens have survived and only nine known in Mint State.