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.
Quickfinder Notes: There is a simple way to distinguish the Old Reverse die from the New Reverse die. Just look at the "O" in "OF". The Old Reverse has an OVAL "O", while the New Reverse has a ROUND "O". The branch mint issues of Charlotte and San Francisco (none were issued by the Dahlonega Mint in 1860), use the Old Reverse die. The 1861 Old Reverse is rarer than its New Reverse counterpart by a factor of three. It carries a very large premium as auction record attest.
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