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):
This variety was not known until Harry X. Boosel discovered it not too many years ago. The 1873 Closed 3 gold dollar is one of the rarest coins in the series and certainly one of the most unpublicized. The Closed 3 in the date is just that - closed, and on first glance, many would mistake it for an 8 and certainly over the years, it is likely that some 1873 Closed 3 gold dollars have been sold as 1878's and vice versa.
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