Bust Gold Coins
The first year of issue for gold coinage in the United States was back in 1795. Our earliest gold issues were struck only in three denominations: $2 1/2, $5 and $10. Over the next 30 years we issued gold coinage depicting the portrait of Lady Liberty on the front and a bald eagle on the reverse. These issues were intended to facilitate commerce in the fledgling economy, were struck in very small quantities, and are very rare in any condition today. While there were a few different designs employed, most gold coinage issued in the U.S. prior to 1838 is referred to as Bust Coinage.