PCGS grade. Ex. Higgy; Elser (1949) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $1045
David Akers (1975/88): The "common date" status accorded this date by price guides is very misleading, particularly in AU or uncirculated condition. Moderately scarce in any grade, the 1853 is actually very rare in strictly uncirculated condition and virtually unobtainable in choice or gem condition. It is comparable in rarity to the 1851 and more rare than the 1843, 1847, 1852, or 1861, the only dates of this type that are available with any regularity in choice condition.