1857 Liberty Head Eagle. AU-55 (NGC). Sharply to fully struck over most design elements, this endearing piece also sports vivid patina in a blend of warm honey-orange and brighter pinkish-rose. Ten-dollar gold eagle production at the Philadelphia Mint dipped to 16,606 circulation strikes in 1857, the lowest total from this facility recorded since 1844. This issue has a higher rate of survival than many Liberty Head eagles from the 1840s, however, and the persistent collector should be able to ferret out a suitable VF or EF. Anything finer is scarce, if not rare, which fact confirms the significance of this offering for the advanced gold enthusiast. From the Collection of Steve Studer. From the Collection of Steve Studer.