Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.67 (4/13/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 $1 MS obverse 1855 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This very low mintage issue is especially interesting, as both the currency pieces and the proofs were struck from a single pair of dies. It appears that the latter were coined first, since some of the currency strikes include a die crack on the reverse not seen on proofs.

Surviving examples are very rare, with Osburn/Cushing estimating that just 40 or so coins are known, exclusive of the more often seen proofs. Most fall within the higher circulated grades, very worn coins being unknown, while Mint State pieces are quite rare. Choice and gem specimens are exceedingly rare, and 1855 silver dollars tend to be weakly struck irrespective of grade. These sometimes display semi-prooflike fields, which is not surprising given that the same dies had been used previously to coin proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/15/2020

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1855 $1 MS
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Base $ 950 1275 3000 4500 6000 5800 6350 8000 8400 10000 11500 14500 32000 145000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1855 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1415141210-5621------52
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Total---1415141210-5621------52
 ---2%8%2%10%2%8%23%19%-10%12%4%2%------ 
1855 $1 MS PL
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Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15861633205122712857356037033966415743194742507657836644881714498151571583716539172651847122620
160217722124246630913608379140304211446048535312607073681071114718153841607116781176671985423751
0000003791403042114460485353126070736810711147181538416071167811766700
0000003878409342654601496555476357809312604149371561016305170231806900
1855 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15021547194921612727340635453800398441414552487655636400851514062147051537116058167681794922012
151716812020235029533452363038614036427846605105584271051036414276149271560016295171621930323113
0000003630386140364278466051055842710510364142761492715600162951716200
0000003715392340894415476853346121781012213144911514915829165311755500
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Grade: AU Details
Points: 1900
Owner: Danny Keene
 
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