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 1877-S is rare in all grades and has appeared at auction just as infrequently as many of the other rare S Mints Half Eagles from 1858 to 1876. I have seen more of this date, however, than I have any of the others and do not feel that it is as hard to acquire as the earlier dates as long as one is satified with VF or EF condition. Above EF, though, the 1877-S is extremely rare and is virtually in the same rarity class as the others. I have seen only a few AU pieces and just two uncirculated specimens, one of them a gem that sold in Paramount's 5/76 sale. The mintmark is always very small and is usually weak.
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