Click to enlargeJ136/P163

The ring gold dollar of 1852. This was an attempt to make the gold dollar slightly larger than the current regular issue.

This design is actually struck using the reverse die of a dime with the other side blank with the exception of the denticles.

There are at least 4 known as follows per Akers Gold Pattern book:

1) Smithsonian

2) Dewitt Smith, V. Brand (journal id #46971) to Horace Brand, Boyd, Judd, Wilkison, Paramount, Superior 1/08 - PCGS66.

3) Sloss, 79 ANA - PCGS64

4) Sloss, 79 ANA

The Merkin 4/70, Simpson-Heritage 8/21 - PCGS66 example may be a fifth or the second Sloss-79 ANA example. One is ex Woodin, Newcomer and/or ex Olsen (Mehl 11/44 lot 91A).

A companion gold half dollar struck using half dime dies also was made as J135/P162.

Image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smothsonian Institution.