Gold Dollars information: All Gold Dollars, including Liberty and Indian Princess, for auction and Buy It Now at GreatCollections. When gold started pouring in from California in the 1840s, the U.S. Mint looked for new ways of converting the metal into coin. The result was three new denominations: the $20 Double Eagle, the $3 Gold Princess, and the $1 Gold Dollar. The first U.S. Gold Dollars were issued in 1849; the version is known as the “Type 1.” The coin was redesigned and made larger in 1854, thus creating the Type 2 version. The final iteration, struck from 1856 through 1889, is classified as the Type 3.