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1855 Indian Princess Gold Dollar, MS67
1855 G$1 Type 2 MS67 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The Type Two Indian
Princess Head gold dollar is one of the more famous subtypes in
American coin collecting. The two Philadelphia issues (1854 and
1855) and the four branch mint issues (1855-C, 1855-D, 1855-O, and
1856-S) are all highly sought-after key dates or semikeys in the
series. Most collectors are happy to add a single high-end example
of either the 1854 or 1855 to their sets to represent the
short-lived type, while die-hard enthusiasts actively look to add
examples of each issue.
Famous Short-Lived Subtype, Ex: Simpson
None Numerically Finer
The 1855 claims the second highest mintage among the Type Two emissions, with 758,269 pieces struck. The 1854 was produced to a slightly greater extent, but they are both about equally available. Most Uncirculated 1855 gold dollars fall within the MS61 to MS64 range, with MS62 being the most frequently assigned grade, followed by MS63. Examples begin to pose a challenge at the Gem level and prove conditionally scarce in MS66. Superb Gems are virtually unseen. There are just five MS67 grading events at PCGS, including one in MS67+, and four others at NGC, including one MS67 ★ (4/20). Auction appearances are essentially as rare as the coins themselves. We last offered an MS67 1855 gold dollar as part of our November 2007 Houston Signature sale - 13 years ago.
The technical quality and visual appeal of this top-graded survivor are exceptional. Deep sun-gold hues around the devices lighten slightly to straw-gold color in the open fields and over the high points. Glistening luster radiates from smooth, frosty surfaces virtually devoid of post-production imperfections. Strike definition is razor-sharp on the headdress, bow, and wreath elements, while a trace of unavoidable softness occurs on the curls and central reverse, particularly on LL in DOLLAR and the 8 in the date. Similarly, both sides features strong clash marks, as almost always found on these and other gold dollars. An impeccable representative of the Type Two design, essentially unimprovable, and a delight to behold.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25C4, PCGS# 7532)
Weight: 1.67 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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