Owner's Comments

Former Richard Jewell Collection

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

This date is very scarce in any condition and is almost unobtainable better than EF. Only the 1855-S had fewer combined auction records in AU and Unc. In fact, the 1857-S had the 10th lowest total number of auction records in our 238 catalogue auction survey in the entire series and the fifth (sixth if one counts the 1873 Closed 3) lowest number among the regular issues. This is one of four regularly issued dates in the series of which I have never seen a mint state specimen. (The 1854-D, 1855-S, and 1860-S are the other three.) I have, however, seen two AU50 pieces and one AU55 in addition to a small number of EF's. The vast majority of known specimens are VF or less as evidenced by the fact that 53 out of 79 auction records in our auction survey are for low grade pieces. Overall, this scarce and underrated date tied for first in the entire series according to rarity by average grade.
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
14250
Weight
5.02 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
189
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 550 R-5.9 15 / 41 TIE 15 / 41 TIE
All Grades 4 R-9.8 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dorothy Gershenson Collection, sold privately - Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3097, $76,375

2 MS62+ PCGS grade MS62+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade