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 date is a scarce one, certainly head and shoulders above the so-called "common dates" of the series. Overall, the 1877 is similar in rarity to the 1854, 1860 and 1878 among others and it is more rare than the 1867 and 1876, especially in strictly uncirculated condition. Also, in my experience, I have seen more Unc. 1872 twenties than I have 1977's although the 1872 had fewer auction appearances in my survey. The 1877, as scarce as it is, is not as difficult to obtain as the 1874 or 1875. When available, this date is usually in EF or AU condition. Average quality uncs are very scarce and choice mint state pieces are rare. In gem condition, the 1877 is very rare and I have seen only a couple at that level.
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