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: $61.37 (5/28/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2016

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1855 O G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 498
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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6/11/2017 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7901


Auction Prices Realized

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1/19/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1261, 1261/Lot# 2090 $817.63
2/5/2006 NGC AU 55   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 861 $2,645.00
6/11/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 2078 $2,415.00
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 6788 $3,850.48
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149036 $1,540.00
6/15/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201706 $671.69
7/25/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22515 $4,406.25
8/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21429 $4,406.25
8/10/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25312 $246.75


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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