1857-S $3 MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 50169922
PCGS#: 7977

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): This date is very scarce in any condition and is almost unobtainable better than EF. Only the 1855-S had fewer combined auction records in AU and Unc. In fact, the 1857-S had the 10th lowest total number of auction records in our 238 catalogue auction survey in the entire series and the fifth (sixth if one counts the 1873 Closed 3) lowest number among the regular issues. This is one of four regularly issued dates in the series of which I have never seen a mint state specimen. (The 1854-D, 1855-S, and 1860-S are the other three.) I have, however, seen two AU50 pieces and one AU55 in addition to a small number of EF's. The vast majority of known specimens are VF or less as evidenced by the fact that 53 out of 79 auction records in our auction survey are for low grade pieces. Overall, this scarce and underrated date tied for first in the entire series according to rarity by average grade.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 14,250 Weight: 5.02 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
10
750
4
12
850
3
15
900
2
45+
3,700
50+
5,600
53+
8,500
55+
12,300
62+
52,000
1
64
80,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 550 R-5.9 15 / 41 TIE 15 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS62+ PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade