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):
Like most S Mint quarter eagles, the 1875-S is very difficult to obtain above EF. I have seen a number of AU's and three or four strictly uncirculated pieces, but the typically available specimen only grades VF or so. Most of the specimens that I have seen are weakly struck, although not as noticeably so as many of the earlier S Mint quarter eagles. A few, however, are nearly as sharply struck as their Philadelphis Mint counterparts. This is an underrated and undervalued date, particularly in high grade.
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