Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $187
David Akers (1975/88): This date is similar in rarity to the 1868-S and 1869-S but is a little less rare, all grades considered, than the 1866-S Motto, 1867-S or 1870-S. In high grade, however, it is just as rare as any of the others and almost always is available only in EF or lower condition. There is a very rare variety with a boldly repunched date. Although the 1871-S is usually well struck, the tiny mintmark is always weak as a result of being weakly punched into the die.
Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 3/2014:30328 $25,850 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:13222, $35,250
Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:526, $2,420 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1177, $9,775
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