Only 13,000 were struck and this is a numismatically significant issue as the final No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans mint. It is considerably scarcer than the majority of the Charlotte and Dahlonega half eagles from this decade and it is a major rarity in Uncirculated with just two or three known. In the middle to higher AU grades, the 1857-O is extremely scarce and there are probably fewer than twenty known. This example has nice luster with a slightly Prooflike finish below light green-gold color. There are a few scattered marks in the fields and a small tick or two on the face. There have been just three APR's for this date in AU53 since 1999.