David Akers (1975/88): While not as rare as the 1858-S, 1859-S or 1860-S, the 1861-S is still a very rare date in all grades. It is similar in rarity to the lower mintage 1855-S and a little more rare than the 1857-S. Most specimens are well worn with the population evenly spread over the Fine, VF and EF grades. A very few AU's are known but no uncirculated specimens. Like the other dates mentioned above, this date is a grossly underrated rarity.