History, Information, and Value of 1857-O Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1857-O $20 Gold Coin
This issue saw heavy circulation in general and most examples exhibit weaker definition across the obverse. High grade coins display prooflike reflectivity, especially on the reverse, though some may be unnaturally bright from conservation. Originality and eye appeal are especially elusive in example of this mintage. Despite a sharply increased mintage, the 1857-O double eagle remains surprisingly elusive in todays market even for a New Orleans mint coin. Perhaps as few as 200 coins exist in total, most of which are found in VF to EF condition. Just 5 to 7 Mint State coins are thought to survive, the finest being the Kaufman-Bass-Crawford example which is currently graded MS-63 by PCGS.