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):
Very rare in all grades and extremely underrated. This date is seldom available in any condition and its 24 appearances in 226 auctions places it tenth in the entire series according to rarity by number of appearances. I have seen only two mint state examples and a handful of others above EF. The remainder of the relatively few that I have seen over the years have been well worn. Without a doubt, the 1862-S is one of the major "sleepers" in the entire quarter eagle series, and any specimen grading EF or better should be considered highly desirable.
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