David Akers (1975/88): The 1857 is a very scarce date that is comparable in overall rarity to such other Type I P-Mint issues as 1855, 1856, 1858, 1863 and 1864. (However, it is not as "impossible" to obtain in Unc. as the 1863 and 1864.) It is considerably rarer than any of the 1850-1854 dates from the Philadelphia Mint. Most available specimens grade VF or EF although AU's and an occasional unc are also seen from time to time. Choice or gem quality uncs are rare but do exist; I have seen several at those levels.
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