1855 1C Slanted 55, RB (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS66RB

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65+RB

PCGS MS65+RB

PCGS #:
1911
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
1,574,829
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 80 R-8.2 15 / 33 TIE 42 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 15 / 33 TIE 42 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 17 / 33 30 / 80 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 80
60 or Better 80
65 or Better 20
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.2
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 33
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 42 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 30 / 80 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB PCGS grade
2 MS65RB estimated grade
10 MS64RB PCGS grade
#1 MS66RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB PCGS grade
#2 MS65RB estimated grade
#10 MS64RB PCGS grade
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 April 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 Red Gem examples have survived to satisfy and excite collectors. The 1855 Slanted 55 is very rare in Gem condition, with very low populations in PCGS MS65BN and RB, and only a couple in PCGS MS65RD. Red-Brown examples are very scarce and full Red examples are exceedingly rare.