1855 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
8261
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
117,098
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 68 / 112 TIE 103 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 89 / 112 TIE 120 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 250
60 or Better 25
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-9.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 68 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 89 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 103 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 120 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade

“Summer97” Collection

1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20115, not sold

1 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
8 MS63 estimated grade
#1 MS64+ PCGS grade

“Summer97” Collection

#1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20115, not sold

#1 MS64+ PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): Like many other Philadelphia Mint Half Eagles of the 1840's and 1850's the 1855 is often considered to be a relatively common date. It certainly is not, however, and while not exactly a great rarity in the lower grades, it is rare in AU or uncirculated condition. Choice or gem quality mint state pieces are particularly difficult to locate. The 1855 is similar in overall rarity to the 1851 and 1853 and is decidedly more rare than the 1843, 1847, 1852 or 1861.