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 last year of quarter eagle coinage at the San Francisco Mint. Although not a great rarity, the 1879-S is certainly more scarce than most people realize. Its 61 auction appearances in our 226 catalogue auction survey give it a higher rarity rating than many other dates in this series with much bigger reputations and/or lower mintages. Although reasonably available in lower grades, choice uncirculated specimens are surprisingly difficult to obtain.
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