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: $309.85 (10/22/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1855 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1425 1600 1950 2700 3700 4450 5150 6500 13250 16500 25500 50000 62500 85000 - - - - -
$ - - - 5400 8800 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2437 $5,548.75
9/24/2006 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66101, 66101/Lot# 24791 $3,220.00
4/30/2007 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2361, 2361/Lot# 1965 $4,256.00
11/5/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 192, 198/Lot# 1325 $10,580.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1469 $7,475.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1548 $2,530.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4213 $1,938.75
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5789 $5,287.50


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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