Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1855-O Half Dollar boasts the second largest mintage of the 1853-1855 With Arrows type.  As a result, it is plentiful in virtually any grade, including most of the Mint State levels.  Scores are available in a range of grades from MS62 to MS64.  Even Gems can be obtained easily.  For the connoisseurs of extreme quality, it is possible to obtain examples of this date in MS67.  In any grade, the key is to find an example that featrures a bold strike, as some show weakness on several or many of the stars.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
3688000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
518
Pop Lower
242
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 3500 R-4.3 5 / 6 120 / 126 TIE
All Grades 350 R-6.3 5 / 6 115 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 5 / 6 83 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2012:5120, $54,625 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98495, $49,937.50

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2016:4104, $17,625

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5180, $28,200 - D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Pelletreau Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:426, $9,987.50