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):
In the first volume of my series of books on U.S. gold coins I remarked that the 1872 gold dollar was one of my favorite date in the series. The 1872 quarter eagle is also a favorite of mine, particularly in uncirculated condition, and I have seen fewer Uncs. of this date than I have proofs, although proofs are obviously also very rare. Actually, the 1872 is rare in all grades and is substantially undervalued in any condition.
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