Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 55,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.77 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 O G$1 MS obverse 1855 O G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


Jeff Garrett: The 1855-O gold dollar is moderately rare, being the most common Type 2 from a Branch Mint. Although the 1855-O can be found with some effort, remember that its mintage is less than 1/10 that of its Philadelphia counterpart. Interestingly, the current population reports reflect about the same ratio of known specimens from the two mints. The quality of striking for the issue is above average for a branch-mint coin of the era, but die clashing is commonly seen. The authors have also seen many that are curiously Prooflike in appearance (NGC has certified one as such). Most coins are well circulated and the date becomes much rarer in the higher states of preservation. Currently, no examples are known in gem Mint State. One of the NGC MS 64 examples sold at auction in February 2010 for $26,450.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1855 O G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 500 815 1140 1620 2000 2500 3450 5025 7800 9050 16750 28500 48500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 508
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 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 O G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----9173438521291629232086------507
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----------2-1---------3
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Total----9173438521291649242086------510
 ----2 %3 %7 %7 %10 %25 %32 %2 %5 %4 %2 %1 %------ 
1855 O G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/4/1995 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 432 $990.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 2528 $7,475.00
1/6/2011 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5052 $1,092.50
10/9/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 2728 $1,207.50
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1118 $2,530.00
5/12/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20734 $5,228.75
6/29/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 163045 $670.00
9/9/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13270 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 G$1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111764865104413391583247829043420371241415049608971981307419329289944408067857105663
112557979241142142018812620307635173855444353956458915615159225503402252005804590
00000014201881262030763517385544435395645891561515922550340225200500
000000150121792762324836143998474657426828111151724425772390515993100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3420
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2904
Owner: JTO
 
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