1856-S G$1 MS61

CERTIFICATION#: -35024
PCGS#: 7536

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex. Kosoff (1955) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $9350

Expert Comments

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.)

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 24,600 Weight: 1.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
550
15
625
1
20
725
1
25
850
2
30
1,000
2
35
1,350
2
45+
2,400
50+
3,100
53+
3,500
55+
4,200
58+
5,500
60
8,000
1
62+
19,500
63+
38,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 350 R-6.3 3 / 6 46 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 3 / 6 27 / 81
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 81

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade Heritage 1/2010:2088 - Dr. Steven Duckor
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade