A boldly lustrous and bright yellow-gold specimen that was struck from noticeably clashed dies -- the obverse stars can be plainly seen in places at the reverse periphery. The only mark of note is an old obverse scratch between the stars at the 5 o'clock position. A heavy reverse die break is noted from the rim at 12 o'clock downward through the E in STATES and across the 1 of the denomination downward through the first L of DOLLAR where it curves suddenly to the viewer's right and through the 51 of the date, the wreath, and the I in AMERICA before it meets the rim again at 4 o'clock -- the writer (FVV) does not recall seeing this advanced reverse state before.
Coins of the Dahlonega Mint have been avidly collected now for a century or so, and the 1851-D gold dollar offered here represents an integral part of that mint's output. Just 9,882 gold dollars were forthcoming from Dahlonega in 1851, and that modest mintage figure represents the largest Type I gold dollar mintage from the Georgia minting facility.