David Akers (1975/88): The 1859-S is roughly comparable in overall rarity to the 1855-S, 1856-S, 1858-S and 1863-S but it is more rare than the other four with respect to condition. (PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: Remember this was written in 1982, well before the SS Central America treasure recovery which included several thousand 1854-S, 1855-S, 1856-S and 1857-S Double Eagles.) That is, it is more difficult to obtain than the others in high grade, particularly full mint state. Most known examples grade VF or EF and AU specimens are very scarce. In uncirculated condition, the 1859-S is rare.
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