David Akers (1975/88): In terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, the 1858-S is very similar to the 1863-S. Most known specimens grade VF or EF although AU's are also available periodically. Strictly uncirculated examples are rare and choice or gem quality pieces are very rare. I have not seen any "saltwater uncs" of this date but they may exist. They would be characterized by subdued, very uniform lustre and slightly grainy surfaces. I can recall seeing at least two original gems of this date and perhaps four or five others in the Unc-60 to Unc-63 grades.
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