David Akers (1975/88): Because of the hype and hoopla given to this date when it was catalogued by B. Max Mehl as well as others many years ago, the 1858 is one of the few Liberty Head Eagles that has attained a level of fame commensurate with its rarity. In fact, its reputation actually exceeds its true rarity which has often been greatly exaggerated with erroneous statements claiming that only four, six, or eight are known. Many more are known than that (25-30 business strikes would be a good guess) but the date must still be considered very rare in any grade and extremely rare from the standpoint of "condition rarity".
Almost all known 1858 Eagles grade only VF or EF and I know of only one gem uncirculated piece that was unknown to the numismatic world until 1972.
Palakika Collection - Heritage 5/2007:2343, $276,000 - Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection
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