David Akers (1975/88): As a date, the 1854 is decidedly more rare than the 1850, 1851, 1852 and 1853. However, is it not as difficult to obtain as any of the P-Mint issues from 1855 to 1859. Most known 1854 Double Eagles grade VF or EF but AU's are also available from time to time. In mint state condition, the 1854 is definitely rare and choice and gem quality uncs are extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible to find. There are two major varieties of 1854, Large Date and Small Date. The size difference is considerable and readily noticeable. In my experience, the Large Date variety is the scarcer of the two.
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