David Akers (1975/88): The 1862-S is one of the rarest dates from the San Francisco Mint. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1854-S, 1860-S, 1861-S, 1864-S, 1866-S Motto, 1867-S and 1868-S. The typically available 1862-S is both well worn and heavily bagmarked. VF and EF are the predominant grades and strictly graded AU's are quite rare. True mint state specimens are known but they are very rare. As for choice or gem quality examples of this date, I can only say that I have not seen any. In terms of rarity according to average grade, the 1862-S ranks in the top 10% of the entire Double Eagle series which further indicates how difficult this date is to find in nice condition.
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