1857 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. The Philadelphia Mint produced slightly more double eagles in 1857 than it did the previous year, although this issues mintage of 439,375 circulation strikes is still modest for the era. Face value for the issue amounted to $8,787,500. 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. Finer than the coin that sold as lot 12015 in our August 2014 sale of the Gilded Age Collection of Liberty Head Double Eagles, this richly original, softly frosted example would make an impressive addition to an advanced collection of this perennially popular series. From the Fairmont Collection.