Medium S mintmark. This is the variety with recutting at the top right of the mintmark and a crack forming at the left foot of the second L in DOLLARS. The 1856-S is the most available of the San Francisco Three Dollar gold pieces but it is scarce in properly graded AU58 and very rare in Uncirculated. This frosty slider has a considerable amount of luster on the surfaces and just a slight amount of friction on the cheek and hair. A few ticks can be seen on the surfaces but this piece is much cleaner than usual for the date and it represents one of the nicer 1856-S Threes that I have seen or handled in the last few years. The last PCGS AU58 example of this date to trade at auction was Heritage 1/12: 6264 that brought $6,900.