David Akers (1975/88): The 1889-S is a relatively common date in any grade up to and including average uncirculated. It is similar in both overall rarity and condition rarity to the 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S, 1903-S and 1906-S. Choice uncirculated specimens are rather scarce and, of course, true gems are very scarce but this date is more available in Unc. than most S-Mints preceding it. Note: A very careful look at the auction data (pre-1970's) shows that at one time the 1889-S was very scarce, particularly in Unc. may important collections either lacked the date entirely or had only a circulated specimen. However, in the late 1960's and early 1970's many uncs were found in Europe and that is why the 1889-S is now comparatively common.
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