Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 9,803
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $86.65 (11/29/2020)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 C G$1 MS obverse 1855 C G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1855-C gold dollar is most noted for the atrocious quality of its production. Nearly every coin seen is very poorly struck, and flawed planchets are frequently encountered. To make matters worse, many are seen struck from clashed dies. Properly grading the 1855-C gold dollar can be very difficult. Surface preservation is the most important element when trying to grade the issue. High-grade examples of the 1855-C are rarely seen, with well-worn pieces being the norm. The 1855-C gold dollar is very popular and is in great demand by rare date and type coin collectors as well. A very small number of Mint State examples are known to exist. One of the finest examples is the coin in the National Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. One of the four graded NGC MS 62 examples sold for $21,850 in August 2012.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/27/2020

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1855 C G$1 MS
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Base $ - 1100 2000 2850 5600 7350 8400 11750 18500 27500 29500 37500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 30500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1855 C G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---18152518323937474--------190
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Total---18152518323937495--------193
 ---1%4%8%13%9%17%20%19%2%5%3%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 C G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1700174917992480294840244286452647935515661675977808864490949561100451064211266119151283413805
1716176620262636330741114366461550345882694376678087879492509722102441085011482122211315814495
00000043664615503458826943766780878794925097221024410850114821222100
00000044464704527462497270773883658944940598841044311058116991252800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 8087
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 6616
Owner: Zebo
 
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