Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 39,788
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 C $5 MS obverse 1855 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1855-C was lumped together with the 1854-C and 1856-C for many years but it is definitely a more common issue. An estimated 200 or so pieces are known with more than half of these in the VF-XF range. Three dozen or so properly graded AU coins are also known and this issue becomes scarce in AU55 to AU58. In Uncirculated, the 1855-C is very rare with only six or seven pieces presently accounted for.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1855 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1430 1600 2000 2800 3500 4150 5250 6500 11000 15000 22500 46000 57500 80000 - - - - -
$ - - - 5750 8800 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1855 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---28162414242320343111-----144
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---------121----------4
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Total---28162414242422443111-----148
 ---1 %5 %11 %16 %9 %16 %16 %15 %3 %3 %2 %1 %1 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/28/2007 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2346, 2346/Lot# 2265 $4,480.00
11/5/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 1325 $10,580.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1548 $2,530.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105751 $1,321.83
3/6/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 409 $4,700.00
4/22/2015 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6212 $1,645.00
9/9/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13704 $3,290.00
6/6/2019 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2019 June 6 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1296/Lot# 4108 $2,640.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base169717991985221425692968324734743722414047156240664477629740107211190633333
1731186120612332270230613323355738614332522363757017842110067111161190633330
0000003323355738614332522363757017842110067111161190633300
0000003398363940014523573265097389908110394115111190633300
1855 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base160917071886210624482834310333243564396845266007640074879415103721152933333
164217671959222025772924317734043699415450206138676281309734107581152933330
000000317734043699415450206138676281309734107581152933300
0000003250348438334340551362697125877210053111431152933300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 7487
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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