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: $60.79 (2/24/2017)
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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Last Updated: 5/11/2016

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1855 O G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 500
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
11/3/2005 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 3840 $1,495.00
10/29/2006 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2279, 2279/Lot# 2610 $1,736.00
1/6/2011 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5052 $1,092.50
3/31/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6194 $2,127.50
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1118 $2,530.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22574 $5,228.75
7/13/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 203100 $425.33
7/11/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20640 $4,406.25
7/9/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(3), 1222/Lot# 4391 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O G$1 MS
 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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