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.
Most (perhaps all) examples of this date utilize an Old Reverse ("Hub of 1840-1858"). Please report any New Reverse examples.
David Akers (1975/88):
Scarce in all grades and extremely rare better than EF. In fact, even strictly graded EF specimens are rare. Once again, the old reverse hub was used, and most known specimens are softly struck on the eagle's right leg. I have only seen two strictly uncirculated pieces. and perhaps half a dozen AU's. This date is tied with the 1865-S and 1866-S as having the fourth lowest average grade of any quarter eagle in our 226 catalogue auction survey. I consider this date, and all the early S mint quarter eagles, to be grossly undervalued.
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