Scarce Mint State 1857 Double Eagle1857 Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-61 (PCGS).A lovely example with subtle pale rose highlights to dominant honey-gold patina. Sharply, if not fully struck throughout with outstanding luster quality for the assigned grade. While the S.S. Central America treasure made thousands of San Francisco Mint double eagles from 1857 available to today's advanced collectors, the Philadelphia Mint coins of this date remain scarce. Somewhat available in lower circulated grades, the 1857 becomes increasingly more challenging to locate the closer one comes to the Mint State threshold. Perhaps 40 to 60 or so different Mint State examples are extant, with nearly all confined to the MS-60 to MS-62 grade range. This piece is finer than the coin that sold as lot 12015 in our August 2014 sale of the Gilded Age Collection of Liberty Head Double Eagles and is an important survivor of this issue. A richly original, softly frosted example that would make an impressive addition to an advanced collection of this perennially popular series.PCGS Population: 25; 34 finer (MS-64+ finest).PCGS# 8920. NGC ID: 2693.Click here for certification details from PCGS.