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1855-S $3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
7973
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.02 grams
Mintage:
6,600
Mint:
San Francisco
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 400 R-6.2 9 / 41 TIE 9 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 41
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 41

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS62+ PCGS grade

Buddy Ebsen Collection - Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3093, $55,225

1 MS62 estimated grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS62+ PCGS grade

Buddy Ebsen Collection - Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3093, $55,225

#1 MS62 estimated grade
#3 MS61 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This date is very scarce in all grades and it actually has the fewest number of auction appearances in our 238 catalogue auction survey of any regularly issued date in the series with the exception of the 1873 Closed 3 which may or may not have been intended for circulation (See comments on 1873 Closed 3). The 1855-S is also tied with the 1857-S for second lowest number of auction records in unc. and it has the fewest auction records in AU. Overall, it has the lowest average grade of any date in the entire series. A quick look at auction records from 1950 to 1976 shows that no 1855-S was catalogued as better than EF since 1950. I have only seen two AU's, as well as a small number of EF's, but I understand that the Bass Collection contains a choice unc that was formerly in the Krug Collection. All things considered, the 1855-S is one of the rarest and certainly among the most unappreciated dates in the series.