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1861-D Gold Dollar. In 1861, the year that the Civil War commenced, the Dahlonega Mint struck a limited number of coins of just two denominations, being gold dollars and half eagles. Of these, the gold dollar is the scarcest, and a true key date, both within gold dollars as well as Civil War coinage. The total number struck remains to be unreported, but reasonable estimates show 1,000 to 1,500 pieces being struck in April and May 1861.