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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1857-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU53
PCGS #:
7785
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
69,200
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$8,050 • BU • 1-16-2006 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 175 R-7.2 68 / 147 TIE 68 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 27 / 147 TIE 27 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 estimated grade  
8 MS61 PCGS grade  
8 MS61 PCGS grade  
10 MS61 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Similar in mintage and overall rarity to the 1856-S. Scarce as a date and extremely rare in uncirculated. The finest that I have seen was the Gilhousen coin and, except for that piece, I have seen only two other Uncs. and perhaps just five or six others that were even AU. Very underrated and actually much more difficult to obtain in high grade than the higher priced 1857-D.