PCGS grade. Ex. Kosoff (1955) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $9350
David Akers (1975/88): As one would suspect from the mintage, this date is much more scarce than the 1855-O in all grades. Strictly uncirculated specimens are very rare, although I have seen at least three specimens that I would call gem quality (MS-65 or better). The 1856-S has one interesting variety that is worth mentioning. It is the so-called "Double S" variety with the first S punched high and to the right, and then only partially affaced. Although this variety has been enthusiastically acclaimed to be a "great rarity" by several prominent dealers, in my experience it is really no more rare than the Normal S variety, and I have seen as many specimens with the Double S as without it. (In fact, two of the aforementioned gem specimens of this date were the Double S variety.)
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