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: $62.01 (10/18/2017)
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: 8/29/2017

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1855 C G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - 1100 1550 2800 5750 7350 8400 11750 18500 27500 29500 37500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 30500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/4/1998 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1046, 1046/Lot# 2049 $2,637.50
2/10/2008 NCS XF 40   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2283 $1,840.00
5/12/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 114491 $1,650.00
12/5/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1192/Lot# 3782 $15,275.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1167 $6,462.50
8/10/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4252 $8,812.50
7/6/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1257/Lot# 3191 $5,640.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 G$1 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1393145017072048286039844499480551265879688675978153948599670000000
1412153618212319323541564601491253776215712377828597964699670000000
0000004601491253776215712377828597964699670000000
0000004703501956286550736079689041980699670000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 8597
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 6886
Owner: Zebo
 
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