Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 61,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $301.92 (3/23/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 S $5 MS obverse 1855 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While it is far less elusive than the 1854-S half eagle, which is one of the legendary rarities of U.S. numismatics, the 1855-S is nonetheless extremely rare in Mint State. Since so few half eagles were made in 1854--268, to be precise--the 1855 San Francisco issue was effectively the first circulating issue of the most popular denomination in the Old West. Despite the 61,000 coins produced, most circulated extensively, in the best hard-money tradition of the region.

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1855 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
6/6/1998 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 6356 $4,485.00
10/4/2004 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1944, 1944/Lot# 1871 $242.00
4/6/2006 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1875 $2,530.00
9/10/2006 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2011 $2,875.00
1/1/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 120, 125/Lot# 6601 $2,070.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6905 $2,530.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3860 $1,322.50
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 205193 $3,025.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1333139314501505163418862585310335454431616968868200333333333
1353141214681548171821192758325038405010640873248200333333330
0000002758325038405010640873248200333333300
0000002930339841365590664777628200333333300
1855 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1410147215311589172419852710324737034617640771448494333333333
1431149215501634181122272889339940085214665375948494333333330
0000002889339940085214665375948494333333300
0000003068355143125810689880448494333333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4431
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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