1857-D $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS62

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
8273
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
17,046
Mint:
Dahlonega
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 145 R-7.5 49 / 112 TIE 79 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 44 / 112 TIE 71 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 145
60 or Better 7
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-9.6
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 49 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 79 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 estimated grade
3 MS62 estimated grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 estimated grade
#3 MS62 estimated grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
Doug Winter: The 1857-D half eagle is among the rarest late date Dahlonega half eagles. It is among the hardest half eagles from this mint to locate in very high grades.

The 1857-D half eagle is scarce and undervalued. It is most often seen in Very Fine and Extremely Fine grades and it is rare in properly graded About Uncirculated-50. It becomes very rare in the higher About Uncirculated grades and extremely rare in full Mint State.

STRIKE: The 1857-D half eagle shows a better overall strike than the 1856-D but it is still not what could be called a well struck issue. On the obverse, there is usually weakness on the hair around the face and on the curl below the ear of Liberty. A few pieces are very weak at the central obverse and show almost no detail on the curls below LIBERTY. Some of the stars show weakness and the date often appears to be somewhat faintly impressed. The reverse is sharper but frequently shows weakness on the lower part of the shield, the legs of the eagle, the claws, and the arrow feather. The rims have the distinctive rounded or beveled appearance seen on Dahlonega half eagles struck during the middle and latter part of the 1850’s.

SURFACES: A number were produced on poor planchets. As a result, these coins show chips, laminations or areas of roughness. Most are heavily abraded. It is possible to find a piece with decent surfaces and an unimpaired planchet but such coins are definitely scarce.

LUSTER: This date does not generally show good luster. The luster is most often satiny with a somewhat grainy texture.

COLORATION: Uncleaned, original examples can show very pleasing orange-gold coloration. There are only a handful of 1857-D half eagles that have original coloration.

EYE APPEAL: The majority of 1857-D half eagles do not have especially good eye appeal. This is the result of poor strikes, inferior planchets and numismatic abuse. Any example with good eye appeal is quite rare.

DIE VARIETIES: Two die varieties are known.

Variety 34-CC: On the obverse, the date is centered in the field and it is not near the neck or the denticles. Medium mintmark. On the reverse, which was used in 1857, 1858, and again in 1859, the upright of the mintmark is over the gap between the V and the E in FIVE. The left edge of the mintmark is over the center of the right diagonal of the V while the right edge is over the right edge of the middle segment of the E. The upper serif of the mintmark is close to the feather tip and the mintmark is also close to the stem.

Variety 34-DD: Large mintmark, positioned close to the branch and nearly touching the feathers. The upright of the D is positioned over the right serif of the right diagonal of the V in FIVE.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1857-D has the lowest mintage of any Dahlonega Half Eagle to this point. It is generally softly struck on the hair curls around the face and on parts of the eagle. The rims are well rounded. As a date, the 1857-D is as rare as any D Mint Half Eagle after 1840 with the exception of 1842 and the 1848-1850 coins. A few strictly uncirculated examples are known but VF and EF are the most often encountered grades.