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