1857-S $20 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -40645
PCGS#: 8922

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $36

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): (See PCGS CoinFacts editor's note below)

Based on the number of specimens available in all grades, the 1857-S is one of the more common Type I S-Mint Double Eagles. It is similar in overall rarity to the 1855-S, 1858-S, 1959-S and 1865-S. Most available specimens grade only VF or EF but AU examples, while certainly very scarce, can also be located. Uncirculated pieces are definitely rare and choice or gem quality examples are seldom, if ever, available. I have never seen anything other than frosty examples of this date.

PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: David Akers great book on Double Eagles was written in 1982, some 20 years before the SS Central America treasure hoard came to market. The hoard contained significant quantities of 1854-S, 1855-S, 1856-S, and 1857-S $20 gold pieces. David Akers' comments above are a representation of what rarity comments looked like prior to the discovery of the SS Central America treasure hoard. The actual number of coins (many uncirculated, especially for the 1857-S) is as follows; 1857-S 5,193 coins, 1856-S 1,108 coins, 1855-S 325 coins, 1854-S 25 coins.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 970,500 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
4
1,480
6
1,485
8
1,490
10
1,495
1
12
1,500
15
1,505
1
20
1,510
1
25
1,515
1
30
1,520
3
45+
2,000
50+
2,900
53+
3,400
55+
4,000
58+
5,150
62+
7,150
63+
9,000
65+
17,500
2
66+
49,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 7,800 R-3.4 44 / 44 106 / 148
60 or Better 5,550 R-3.8 41 / 44 120 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 9 / 44 47 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade