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Obverse of 1855 Large Cent     Reverse of 1855 Large Cent


1855 LARGE CENT

PCGS Nos: 1994, 1995

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,574,829
Proofs: estimated 100

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±27 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: ±168 grains (±10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (13):
Newcomb 1 - Scarce
Newcomb 2 - Common
Newcomb 3 - Very Common
Newcomb 4 - Very Common
Newcomb 5 - Rare
Newcomb 6 - Scarce
Newcomb 7 - Very Common
Newcomb 8 - Common
Newcomb 9 - Very Common
Newcomb 10 - Very Common
Newcomb 11 -  
Newcomb 12 - Very Common
Newcomb 13 - Common

Significant examples:
see individual varieties

Recent appearances:
see individual varieties

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6579, "Upright 5's", not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5884, "Slanted 5s", plated, sold for $1,552.50

MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5439, "Upright 5's", not illustrated, sold for $517.50  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7504, "Upright 5's", not illustrated, sold for $391.00

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 172, Upright 5's", illustrated, sold for $489.00

MS-64 Red Questionable color (illustrated above).  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5410, not plated, unsold

MS-64 Red, Questionable Color.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5053, "Upright 5s", not illustrated, not sold

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 304, "Newcomb-13, Upright 5's", unsold

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 130, "Newcomb-4, Upright 5s", illustrated, sold for $977.50

Notes:
The finest "Upright 55" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66BN's.  The finest "Upright 55" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.  The finest "Upright 55" Red examples graded by PCGS are 14 MS-66RD's.

The finest "Slanted 55" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66BN.  The finest "Slanted 55" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65RB's.  The finest "Slanted 55" Red example graded by PCGS  is a single MS-65RD.

The finest "Knob Ear" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66BN.  The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.


Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Attribution Guide For United States Large Cents 1840-1857", 2nd edition by J.R. Grellman and Jules Reiver

Obverse of 1855 Large Cent    Reverse of 1855 Large Cent

1855 Large Cent, PCGS MS-66 Red
Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions