1855 1C Upright 55, RD (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS MS66+RD

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PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS #:
1909
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 500 R-6.0 19 / 33 34 / 74
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 19 / 33 34 / 74
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 15 / 33 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 250
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-6.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 33
60 or Better 19 / 33
65 or Better 15 / 33 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 74
60 or Better 34 / 74
65 or Better 19 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+RD PCGS grade MS66+RD PCGS grade
1 MS66+RD PCGS grade
1 MS66+RD PCGS grade

Joseph O’Conor - Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13078, $38,188

4 MS66RD PCGS grade PCGS #1909 (MS, Red)     66
4 MS66RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade Heritage 1/2009:291
4 MS66RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade
MS66+RD PCGS grade #1 MS66+RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66+RD PCGS grade
#1 MS66+RD PCGS grade

Joseph O’Conor - Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13078, $38,188

PCGS #1909 (MS, Red)     66 #4 MS66RD PCGS grade
#4 MS66RD PCGS grade
#4 MS66RD PCGS grade
Heritage 1/2009:291
#4 MS66RD PCGS grade
#4 MS66RD PCGS grade
#4 MS66RD PCGS grade
#4 MS66RD 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 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.