Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 61,000
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $298.07 (10/24/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 S $5 MS obverse 1855 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While it is far less elusive than the 1854-S half eagle, which is one of the legendary rarities of U.S. numismatics, the 1855-S is nonetheless extremely rare in Mint State. Since so few half eagles were made in 1854--268, to be precise--the 1855 San Francisco issue was effectively the first circulating issue of the most popular denomination in the Old West. Despite the 61,000 coins produced, most circulated extensively, in the best hard-money tradition of the region.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1855 S $5 MS
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Base $ 650 700 750 875 1150 1150 2200 3200 4400 7400 15250 19000 30000 - - - - - - - -
$ 1350 2450 3750 4900 8750 16750 21000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 114
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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10/4/2004 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1944, 1944/Lot# 1871 $242.00
1/1/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 120, 125/Lot# 6601 $2,070.00
1/9/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 4258 $4,025.00
7/9/2009 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1551 $1,725.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7541 $2,587.50
9/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2071 $3,450.00
3/21/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(2), 1198/Lot# 10624 $1,351.25
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 205193 $3,025.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 S $5 MS
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1855 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4565
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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