The 1855 Seated Liberty half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1855 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1855
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .3599 oz.
Total Weight: 12.44 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.07

The US minted the 1855 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1855 O half dollar and 1855 S half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

There are two different varieties for the 1855 half dollar with no mint mark. There is the normal date variety, and the 1855 over 1854 date variety. The latter variety has the date 1855 minted over the date 1854. The easiest way to verify the 1855 over 1854 variety is to look for a line that goes through the last 5 on the date. See the image below for reference.

1855 Over 1854 Variety

Series Location Quantity Minted
1855 Philadelphia 759,500
1855 O New Orleans 3,688,000
1855 S San Francisco 129,950

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.07 as of December 02, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.42 per ounce.

The 1855 half dollar with no mint mark and the normal date is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $175. In extremely fine condition the value is around $250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $800 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,750.

The 1855 half dollar with no mint mark and the 1855 over 1854 date is worth around $75 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $360. In extremely fine condition the value is around $500. In uncirculated condition the price is around $2,250 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $3,600.

The 1855 O half dollar is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $175. In extremely fine condition the value is around $250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $650 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,500.

The 1855 S half dollar is worth around $500 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $2,500. In extremely fine condition the value is around $4,000. In uncirculated condition the price is around $35,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $50,000.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is mostly sharp.

Extremely fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is completely sharp. The edges on the scroll are distinct.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1856 Half Dollar
1854 Half Dollar