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SERIES: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1857-S $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58+
PCGS #:
8624
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
26,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$53,188 • PCGS MS64 • 2-1-2009 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 100 R-8.0 21 / 64 TIE 48 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 35 / 64 TIE 56 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

8 AU55 PCGS grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Low grade specimens are the norm for this date yet the 1857-S is sufficiently rare that even VF and EF examples are seldom seen. I have seen two or three AU's but have neither seen nor heard of a strictly uncirculated piece. The 1857-S is just as rare as the lower mintage 1857-O and is nearly as rare as the 1855-S. It is considerably more rare than the 1854-S or 1856-S.

(PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: David Akers comments are from his seminal book on $10 gold pieces, published in 1980. This was before the discovery of the SS Central America ship wreck and gold hoard which was found in 1986 and came to market in 2000. The SS Central America treasure hoard contained thousands of 1857-S $20 gold pieces and a handful of 1957-S $10 Liberties, including a handful of mint state specimens. Before the SS Central America treasure hoard, as David Akers indicated, the 1857-S $10 Liberty was unknown in uncirculated condition.)