Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 11,100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $305.25 (5/22/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 O $5 MS obverse 1855 O $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In the summer of 1996, a small hoard of perhaps a dozen pieces came onto the market. These coins were primarily in the XF 45 to AU 53 range, although a few were graded higher than this. The 1855-O is still a very scarce coin and it is a rarity in properly graded About Uncirculated. There are just one or two Uncirculated pieces known (depending on whether or not one grades this example Mint State...) and there are no rumors of any more on the horizon.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1855 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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$ - - 6450 8500 15500 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/3/1994 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 1085 $880.00
8/13/1999 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 7990 $13,225.00
7/16/2001 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1460, 1460/Lot# 1919 $1,424.25
9/6/2004 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1633 $1,897.50
8/15/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9421 $5,175.00
12/5/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5030 $2,937.50
1/7/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7084 $8,225.00
2/16/2017 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1252/Lot# 5029 $4,465.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1393150516091753208729363639385241724472579266513333333333
1430154016571864237031703710395942724912607866513333333330
0000003710395942724912607866513333333300
0000003781406543725352636566513333333300
1855 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1472158916971847219430733800402043504660601969023333333333
1511162517471963248733153873413044535113631369023333333330
0000003873413044535113631369023333333300
0000003947424045575566660869023333333300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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