David Akers (1975/88): The 1857 is similar in mintage, overall rarity, and number of auction appearances to the 1854-O and 1856. Most available specimens are well circulated and full mint state examples are rare, more so than the recently touted 1855 or any of the low mintage dates from 1879 to 1889, all of which generally come quite often choice when they are available at all. Some decpetive counterfeits of this year exist. They have the lustrous, unmarked surfaces of a high grade piece, but they lack the sharpness and detail of a genuine specimen. (Unlike the 1856, most 1857's are sharply struck.)
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