Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 1,811
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $73.51 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 D G$1 MS obverse 1855 D G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1855-D issue ranks as one of the most popular gold dollars. It is very rare, with probably fewer than a hundred coins surviving. Although the average coin is struck fairly well for a branch-mint issue, nearly every example is weak in the central portions of the reverse. The authors have seen coins with the date nearly obscured. Very few coins are found with a full date; these are very rare. Die clashing is evident on nearly every coin found. A few also exist that have been used for jewelry in the past. The 1855-D gold dollar must be considered one of the classic rarities of the series and is very desirable in any grade. The finest known examples are two NGC MS 64 (one of which carries the Plus Designation and is a full date) coins from the fabulous Duke’s Creek Collection. One of these coins sold at the August 2011 ANA sale for $143,750.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1855 D G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 6875 9100 26000 31000 35000 40000 45500 54500 60500 77500 91000 215000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 225000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1855 D G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----235861211-12------41
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Total-----235861311-12------42
 -----5 %7 %12 %19 %14 %31 %2 %2 %-2 %5 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/12/2000 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1282, 1282/Lot# 1535 $2,268.25
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1450 $21,850.00
2/28/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4243 $20,125.00
9/6/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4754 $2,585.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 6785 $4,846.88
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6374 $17,625.00
6/4/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5557 $3,525.00
12/3/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4511 $4,700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 G$1 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39844032422443961179875437808805884288849927198861025510105111721179815603358800000
400040964281686311798763178918181856889909476100091025510461113811306622362358800000
00000078918181856889909476100091025510461113811306622362358800000
00000079758305870991309681101321025510816115891433529121358800000
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