1857-S $10 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: 12109938
PCGS#: 8624

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Low grade specimens are the norm for this date yet the 1857-S is sufficiently rare that even VF and EF examples are seldom seen. I have seen two or three AU's but have neither seen nor heard of a strictly uncirculated piece. The 1857-S is just as rare as the lower mintage 1857-O and is nearly as rare as the 1855-S. It is considerably more rare than the 1854-S or 1856-S.

(PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: David Akers comments are from his seminal book on $10 gold pieces, published in 1980. This was before the discovery of the SS Central America ship wreck and gold hoard which was found in 1986 and came to market in 2000. The SS Central America treasure hoard contained thousands of 1857-S $20 gold pieces and a handful of 1957-S $10 Liberties, including a handful of mint state specimens. Before the SS Central America treasure hoard, as David Akers indicated, the 1857-S $10 Liberty was unknown in uncirculated condition.)

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 26,000 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 100 R-8.0 21 / 64 TIE 48 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 35 / 64 TIE 56 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade