David Akers (1975/88): The 1859 is a very rare date in all grades and is comparable overall to the 1857. The typical 1859 is VF or EF, well struck, with prooflike or partially prooflike surfaces. A few AU pieces are known but I am aware of only one uncirculated piece, an average quality specimen.
Stack’s “Alto Collection” 12/1970:345 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1468, $12,650 - Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5488, $39,656.25 - Heritage 4/2014:5770, $47,000
Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:248, $18,212.50