Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 55,000
Catalog: KM-83
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $57.48 (5/27/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 O G$1 MS obverse 1855 O G$1 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

For those collectors who prefer a mintmarked example for their type sets the 1855-O gold dollar is the obvious choice, as the most available Type Two issue from a branch mint. The issue is also popular as the only Type Two O-mint dollar, and because it is the final gold dollar produced at the New Orleans Mint.

But with a mintage of 55,000 business strikes, examples are hardly common. Even when certified examples are encountered in the marketplace, the average grade is apt to be only Choice XF or AU. In Mint State the certified population at NGC and PCGS thins noticeably from the dozens of AU examples.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1855 O G$1 MS
Base $ 375 425 565 750 1550 2100 2500 3500 5300 9550 18700 37500 48500 - - - - - -
$ 1725 - 2650 4000 6500 12500 22500 - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 493
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

Upcoming Auctions

A random selection of NGC coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/7/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5155
6/7/2015 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5154

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
7/30/1994 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 7283 $18,425.00
10/30/1996 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0889, 889/Lot# 1906 $659.38
2/20/2005 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2135 $15,525.00
6/11/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 2078 $2,415.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9197 $3,565.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4402 $7,343.75
4/21/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 112016 $5,225.00
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1186/Lot# 8828 $587.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O G$1 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3420
Owner: BillJones
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2904
Owner: JTO
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