1855 $50 Wass, Molitor & Co. (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63<BR>Image courtesy of <a href="http://bluccphotos.com/p/" target="_blank">BluCC Photos</a>

PCGS MS63
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PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
10363
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Diameter:
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Weight:
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Mintage:
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Gold
Major Varieties

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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade

Colonel James W. Ellsworth Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection, Part II - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:947, $275,000 - Stack's 10/2003:2289, $345,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
	MS63 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Adolf Friedman Collection - Abe Kosoff - Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation Collection - Sotheby's 12/1996:26, $170,500

3 MS62 estimated grade

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5446, $411,250 - Stack's/Bowers 5/2015:109, not sold

4 MS62 estimated grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade

James Newton Howard Collection - Superior 5/2006:1471, $161,000 - Heritage 1/2007:3905, $212,750 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3456, $161,000 - Heritage 7/2008:1864, $207,000 - Simpson Collection

6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 estimated grade

James B. Wilson Collection - Thomas Elder 10/1908:1198 - Waldo Newcomer Collection (inventory #2740 as "Fine", cost $400), plate matched to the Newcomer plates - possibly "Col." E.H.R. Green Collection - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3473, $164,500

6 AU58 estimated grade

Superior 6/1999:3928, not sold - Superior 4/2004:1524, $97,750

6 AU58 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2011:5728, $126,500

10 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade

Colonel James W. Ellsworth Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection, Part II - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:947, $275,000 - Stack's 10/2003:2289, $345,000

 
	MS63 PCGS grade 
#2 MS63 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Adolf Friedman Collection - Abe Kosoff - Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation Collection - Sotheby's 12/1996:26, $170,500

#3 MS62 estimated grade

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5446, $411,250 - Stack's/Bowers 5/2015:109, not sold

#4 MS62 estimated grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade

James Newton Howard Collection - Superior 5/2006:1471, $161,000 - Heritage 1/2007:3905, $212,750 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3456, $161,000 - Heritage 7/2008:1864, $207,000 - Simpson Collection

#6 AU58 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 estimated grade

James B. Wilson Collection - Thomas Elder 10/1908:1198 - Waldo Newcomer Collection (inventory #2740 as "Fine", cost $400), plate matched to the Newcomer plates - possibly "Col." E.H.R. Green Collection - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3473, $164,500

#6 AU58 estimated grade

Superior 6/1999:3928, not sold - Superior 4/2004:1524, $97,750

#6 AU58 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2011:5728, $126,500

#10 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $50 is the largest of the coins made by the firm, and it is generally considered to be the only $50 denomination issued by a private firm that actually circulated (those of other firms, such as Kellogg & Co. never circulated or were made for presentation purposes). This issue is quite scarce, especially in high grades. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census drops all the way down to AU-50 and includes only two examples in Mint State.

The finest known example is the Gem Uncirculated coin from the Garrett Collection. When it reappeared at auction in 2003, it set a record price for the issue of $345,000; it would bring considerably more today.

Many examples have rim dings, nicks, and bruises from circulation. Some show planchet cracking caused by improper cooling of the golden alloy. Many have been cleaned or otherwise impaired over the years. The ideal example will have a nice planchet, strong details, a minimum of marks, and original surfaces and color. Such a coin will be difficult to find.