David Akers (1975/88): Except for the comparatively common 1874 and 1878, the 1859 has the highest mintage of any three dollar gold piece after 1858. In fact, it had the ninth highest mintage of any date in the series, and since its mintage is only 15,638, this fact merely dramatizes how rare coins in this series really are. Uncirculated specimens are occasionally available but choice mint state 1859's are far more rare than most of the other very low mintage dates of the 1880's.
Heritage 2/2014:5339, $36,718.75
Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4072, $32,900