This charming coin charm is a lovely piece of American history.
It is made of a smallest American one dollar coin ever produced. Called the Type 2 gold dollars, they were made between 1849 and 1854 and designed by James B Longacre. The US congress authorised the first gold dollar in 1849, after the Californian gold rush. The coins fell out of circulation because of the economic crisis due to the Civil War.
The coin depicts Liberty as a Native American princess. She wore a fancy feathered headdress, which in fact did not resemble any actual headdresses worn by any particular Indian tribe. This image is based on a Venus sculpture on display in a Philadelphia museum at the time. The reverse originally featured an agricultural wreath composed of cotton, corn, tobacco and wheat, to symbolise the produce of North and South. It has at some point been rubbed out and replaced with the engraving of the initials and had a bale added in 9 karat gold making the charm's total length 21.9 mm. The coin itself tests 22 karat gold, constituting 90% of gold in its total weight. It is 15 mm in diameter and originally weighed 1.672 grams. As it has had its back rubbed flat and engraved it now weighs 1.4 grams. The front of the coin has its embossed image rubbed from wear as well, it is not in a condition required for coin collecting but still makes a lovely, sentimental charm, with the connection to America's 170 year history. As a charm it is in good antique condition.
We love .... this buttery yellow, tactile charm. It really feels like you hold history in the palm of your hand, we love that !!
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