That got me to thinking that it might be fun to show you a complete Type II gold dollar set. Don't get too excited. There are only six coins in the set. The Type II gold dollar was introduced mid way through 1854. There are Type I and Type II 1854 gold dollars. I'll show the Type Is in another post if there is interest. The idea behind the Type II dollars was to give the coin a larger diameter with the same weight. The Type Is were 15 mm in diameter; the Type IIs were 17 mm. 1854 Type I Gold Dollar This coin was only issued at the Philadelphia Mint in 1854. The mintage was 783,943. Almost immediately the mint personnel noted that the design was hard to strike well. This one is PCGS graded MS-64. 1855 In 1855 four U.S. mints struck the Type II Gold Dollar. Philadelphia Mintage 758,269. The 1855 is about as common as the 1854. This example shows heavy die clashing, which is an indicator of the problems the mint had striking these pieces. I really like this one. It's well struck, and has bright luster. PCGS graded it MS-63. Charlotte Mintage 9,803. The 1855-C almost always comes poorly struck. The Charlotte Mint never got the hang of how to strike the larger, 17 mm dollar coins. This one is graded EF-45. You pay a lot more for a higher grade and not get much more coin. Dahlonega Mintage 1811. Yes, with a mintage like that, this is a very scarce coin. The estimated population is about 80 pieces. This one is PCGS graded EF-45. The reverse is very sharp, and luster looks like an AU-50 to me. New Orleans Mintage 55,000. This coin is not that scarce, but finding well struck ones takes some searching. NGC graded this one AU-58. 1856-S Gold Dollar Mintage 24,600. By 1856 the Philadelphia Mint personnel had given up on the Type II design and had decided to replace it with the Type III. The Type III gold dollar looked very much like the Three Dollar Gold Piece. Aside from the Charlotte Mint, which could have strike the larger gold dollars well, the new design worked. Things moved a lot slower in 1856, and the dies sent to the San Francisco Mint were for the Type II dollar. This coin is not scarce as Type II gold dollars go, but with a mintage of less than 25,000, you will have to hunt for the coin. A fair number of examples, including this one, have a doubled "S" mint mark. That is not rare or unusual. This one is PCGS graded AU-55.