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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1855 1C Upright 55, RB (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS66RB
PCGS #:
1908
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,574,829
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$6,038 • PCGS MS66 • 9-8-2009 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 24 / 33 TIE 61 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 24 / 33 TIE 61 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 23 / 33 49 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB PCGS grade
5 MS65RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB PCGS grade
5 MS65RB PCGS grade  
5 MS65RB 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.