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SERIES: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1855 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
8261
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
117,098
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$33,000 • NGC MS64 • 5-1-1995 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade
1 MS64+ PCGS grade  
1 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade
1 MS64+ PCGS grade  
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.