1852-P Gold Liberty Dollar Type 1 NGC MS68

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The First of the American Gold Dollars, Courtesy of the California Gold Rush!

Prior to 1849, there was never enough gold available for the United States Mint to strike currency from the precious metal. During that time, small gold coins from Spain circulated widely in commerce. They were even considered U.S. legal tender all the way up to 1857!

That all changed with the California Gold Rush. With freshly mined gold flowing into the mint in large quantities, the first U.S. Gold Dollars were minted in 1849. At 13 millimeters in diameter, these Liberty Head Gold Dollars (now known as Type I Gold Dollars) remain the smallest gold coins ever struck for circulation by the U.S. Mint.

These first gold dollars turned out to be extremely popular! Too small in denomination for large overseas transactions, most of these coins circulated within the U.S. until they wore out. Unfortunately, that timetable would prove to be short -- due to their smaller size, gold dollars were often preferred to their much larger, heavier silver dollar brethren. As a result, many were damaged, lost and destroyed.

More than 160 years later, you can make one of these popular coins your own! Our buyer found this special gold coin, that's a scarce and rare treasure for the discriminating collector. Are you that collector? If so, do your own gold rush and race to put it in your cart today!



  • FIRST GOLD SERIES -- This Type 1 Liberty Dollar was the first gold dollar struck for circulation by the U.S. mint from 1849 -1854. It was nicknamed the golden lady because of her golden pompom headdress. This rare 1852-P was struck at the Philadelphia Mint.


  • 90% PURE GOLD FROM GOLD RUSH -- In 1.672 grams of solid gold, this same precious gold is from the California Gold Rush -- a compelling historic story to tell your fellow collectors and friends!


  • SMALL SIZE, BIG PRESENTATION -- At 13mm in diameter, this dollar was the smallest gold coin struck for circulation. These smaller coins were often preferred to their heavier, silver counterparts, but were easily lost, damaged or wore out because of the smaller size with heavy circulation. In 1854, the U.S. Mint changed the size and design to what became known as the Type II design.


  • BETTER THAN THE SMITHSONIAN! -- Out of all coins struck in the series (1849-1854) graded by both NCG and PCGS, only 13 of these coins achieved an MS68 grade! This coin arrives certified and graded in stunning Mint State-68 (MS-68) condition by NGC, a rarity few collectors ever see, yet alone can own! Only two were graded MS-68 by NGC with none finer! Even the world-famous example in the Smithsonian is only graded MS-65!


  • SONICALLY SEALED PACKAGING – Your gorgeous gold dollar will come sonically-sealed in an acrylic holder, protecting your coin's graded condition for generations to come.

Every year these popular gold coins get harder and harder to find. By securing yours today, you can avoid future disappointment and the uncertainty of future supplies and prices. It's a great way to start (or continue) your collection of pure gold coins. Don't let these disappear -- get yours today!

Year of Issue 1852
Country United States
Composition Gold
Purity 0.9000
Condition Graded
Grade MS68
Denomination 1.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name Philadelphia - P, U.S. Mint
Coin Weight 1.67 Grams - g
Dimensions 13mm