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Obverse of 1855-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1855-C Half Eagle


1855-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8262

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 39,788
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "C" (for Charlotte, NC) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest example graded by NGC is a single MS-65.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 806, illustrated, sold for $27,025.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4023, illustrated, sold for $17,825.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2206, sold for $3,105.00

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 452, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  From Abner Kreisberg's sale of September 1971, Lot 1048

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1261, illustrated, sold for $2,012.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service