1855-S $20 MS63

CERTIFICATION#: -4506
PCGS#: 8916

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): (PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: David Akers great book on Double Eagles was written in 1982, some 20 years before the SS Central America treasure hoard came to market. The hoard contained significant quantities of 1854-S, 1855-S, 1856-S, and 1857-S $20 gold pieces. So here's what the rarity comments looked like prior to the SS Central America hoard.)


The 1855-S is a fairly scarce date that can be obtained without too much difficulty in VF or EF condition. In AU it is very scarce and in full mint state it is definitely rare. Choice or gem quality "original uncs" are virtually impossible to locate although an occasional "saltwater unc" is available. Overall, this date is on the third level of rarity among all S-Mint issues and it is roughly comparable to such dates as 1857-S, 1858-S, 1859-S and 1863-S. It is not as rare as the 1854-S but it is certainly more rare than the 1856-S.


 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 879,675 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
1,550
15
1,575
1
20
1,650
2
25
1,700
1
45+
2,450
50+
3,250
53+
4,000
55+
6,250
58+
8,500
62+
21,000
63+
29,500
64+
40,000
65
59,000
1
65+
65,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,792 R-4.4 32 / 44 TIE 64 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 182 R-7.1 37 / 44 71 / 148
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 44 TIE 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

SS Central America hoard - Christie’s 12/2000:90, $120,750

2 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade SS Central America hoard
4 MS64 PCGS grade   SS Central America hoard