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 1874 has the third highest mintage in the series and also the third highest number of appearances at auction in our 238 catalogue auction survey. By three dollar gold piece standards, the 1874 is definitely common and it is relatively obtainable in all grades, including choice uncircualted. Most uncirculated pieces that I have seen are frosty or only partially proof-like, but there are some that have full proof-like surfaces and they have been, on occasion, mistakenly offered as "proofs".
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