David Akers (1975/88): This date is one of the unsung rarities of the series and ranks 7th in rarity by the number of appearances in our 238 catalogue auction survey and 5th in rarity by average grade. As the auction records indicate, the majority of known specimens are VF or less. Although 7,000 were minted, a substantial portion of the mintage (reportedly 2,592) were later melted. I am unaware of the existence of a full mint state specimen, although I have seen one choice AU-55 piece and as least two others that graded AU-50. The mintmark on the 1860-S is very small and appears to be the same size as the mintmark on the 1856-S Small S variety.
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