The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
David Akers (1975/88):
The mintage for the 1834 With Motto quarter eagle is similar to the mintages for the other five dates of this type. However, the Mint Act of June 28, 1834 significantly reduced the gold content for quarter eagles and half eagles and, therefore, it is probable that the vast majority of the 4,000 minted were melted and never released. this is definitely one of the half dozen or so rarest quarter eagles, and, as is apparent from the auction data, specimens are offered for sale only once every few years. I have never seen a fully mint state piece. The total number known is difficult to say for sure, but I would estimate it to be on the order of 12 to 15 pieces.
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