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: $361.24 (10/23/2019)
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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GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1855 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 900 1000 1150 2000 3600 5000 5950 8000 10500 20000 22400 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1855 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----55861013611---------55
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Total----55861013611---------55
 ----9 %9 %15 %11 %18 %24 %11 %2 %2 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/16/2001 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1460, 1460/Lot# 1919 $1,424.25
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 2026 $16,675.00
7/9/2009 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1550 $2,302.30
7/7/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4756 $5,462.50
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
1/5/2014 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 3030/Lot# 23134 $1,762.50
11/14/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3290 $3,290.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14072 $18,800.00
9/5/2019 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1299/Lot# 4922 $4,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1472158916971847219430733800402043504660601969023333333333
1511162517471963248733153873413044535113631369023333333330
0000003873413044535113631369023333333300
0000003947424045575566660869023333333300
1855 $5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1393150516091753208729363639385241724472579266513333333333
1430154016571864237031703710395942724912607866513333333330
0000003710395942724912607866513333333300
0000003781406543725352636566513333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5792
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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