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 1893 is a moderately scarce date, certainly much more scarce than most of the Philadelphia Mint Liberty Heads that follow. (The 1898, 1902, 1905 and 1906 are really the only exceptions.) A large percentage of the known examples of this date are uncirculated but, of course, EF and AU specimens are also known. Most of the uncs are heavily bagmarked MS-60 coins and so choice and gem quality pieces, especially the latter, are seldom encountered. This is yet another date that used to be rare in Unc. until substantial quantities were discovered in Europe in the 1960's.
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