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 1870-S is somewhat more rare than the 1868-S, 1869-S, 1871-S, or 1872-S, but not quite as rare as the 1874-1876-S Mint coins. It is very similar in overall rarity to the 1873-S. Like all the others, the 1870-S is generally available only in Fine or VF condition and, on rare occasions, EF. The mintmark is very small and weak, not because of strike, but because it was weakly punched into the die.
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