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 1891 is a scarce date in all grades, not as rare, of course, as the lower mintage 1888, 1889, or 1890, but more rare than any of the Philadelphia Mint Half Eagles that follow, except the 1896 and the 1929 Indian Head. The typical 1891 is EF or AU but strictly uncirculated examples are rare and are less often available than the proofs of this date, which for some unknown reason, have a higher survival ratio than other proofs of this period.
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