1855 Silver Dollar, PR66
1855 $1 PR66 NGC. Perhaps 50 to 60 proofs survive of the
1855 Seated dollar from an unknown mintage, according to Walter
Breen in his Proof Encyclopedia and his Complete
Encyclopedia. Other observers suggest smaller populations.
Bowers writes in his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, "I believe
that fewer were coined and fewer exist today than of the 1854."
Bowers continues with an estimate that fewer than 30 to 40 silver
proof sets were minted during the year. In addition to these sets,
a number of individual proof dollars were coined during the
One of Two Finest Graded
Two different die pairs were utilized for the small mintage, combining a single obverse die with two reverse dies. One reverse was also used for the 1854 proof dollars. The new 1855 reverse appears on this Premium Gem, with the leftmost "white space" in the shield fully polished and mirrored. All remaining spaces between the vertical stripes are filled and unpolished. Each of these filled spaces have microscopic vertical die lines. Bowers noted a similar feature on the Floyd Starr specimen, lot 599 in Stack's October 1992 sale of that collection, although he did not mention the source for his information in the Silver Dollar Encyclopedia. The actual Starr catalog makes no such mention.
Splendid cameo contrast is created by lustrous devices and deep mirrors beneath impressive lilac, steel, and blue toning. This example and a PR66 Cameo NGC example are the two finest pieces certified. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (6/13).
Ex: Milwaukee ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1728, which brought $69,000.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part IV.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 2529, PCGS# 6998)
Weight: 26.73 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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