The 1855-D Indian Princess Gold Dollar (Buy on eBay) represents one of the rarest coins for both the series and denomination. The original mintage at Dahlonega was 1,811 pieces, of which fewer than 100 examples are believed to have survived.
Striking is a major problem with this issue and nearly all known survivors display weakness on the central portion of the reverse. This impacts the appearance of the date, which is not complete on most coins. A mere four coins are known to exist in uncirculated condition, and two of these do not display a full date.
The absolute finest known specimen is from the Duke’s Creek Collection and features a sharp strike and excellent luster. The piece was graded NGC MS 64+ with CAC sticker and sold for $155,250 at auction in August 2011.
- Designer: James B. Longacre
- Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
- Weight: 1.672 grams
- Diameter: 15 mm
- Edge: Reeded