1855 1C Upright 55, RB MS64RB

CERTIFICATION#: -31674
PCGS#: 1908

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $495

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1855 Large Cents come with two different date styles -- one has slanted 5's and the other has upright 5's.  In all of the years preceding 1855, the 5's had some degree of slant, though perhaps not to the degree as seen on the 1855's.  Both Slanted and Upright 5's are found on 1856 Large Cents, then the issue is settled with the 1857, which has Upright 5's only.  The end of the Large Cent denomination after 1857 sealed their fate.

According to the PCGS Population Report (as of March 2012), the Upright 5s variety is the more common of the two, though hundreds have been certified of each.  No 1855 Large Cent (of either type) has earned a grade better than MS-66, and that includes all color variations.  Amazingly, a handful of Full Reg Gem examples have survived to satisfy and excite collectors.

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,574,829 Weight: 10.89 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 24 / 33 TIE 61 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 24 / 33 TIE 61 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 23 / 33 49 / 80 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB PCGS grade