1855 $20 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: 14704466
PCGS#: 8914

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1855 is quite scarce in any condition and in mint state it is definitely rare. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1856, 1857, 1858, 1863 and 1864 among Type I Double Eagles. I have seen several uncs that I would call choice (MS-63) but I have never seen one that would qualify as a gem by today's standards, nor have I ever heard of one. The typically available specimen is VF or EF and all examples of this date that I have seen were frosty.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 364,666 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,008 R-4.9 21 / 44 TIE 40 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 17 / 44 TIE 29 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's "Auction '84" 7/1984:1470 - New York Connoisseur's Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1704, $126,500

2 MS63 PCGS grade   American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1607, $69,000
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade