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):
Because of its low mintage, the 1893-CC is held in much higher regard than its true rarity warrants. It is not as rare as the 1892-CC, particularly in Unc., and I rank it only 13th out of 19 Carson City Mint Double Eagles in terms of overall rarity. In mint state, the 1893-CC is at least as common as any other CC twenty and it quite likely is the most common. Literally hundreds of uncs exist (most of them coming from Europe in the late 1960's) and many of them are choice or gem quality. Today, of course, they have all been dispersed and so newcomers to numismatics, not having seen many 1893-CC Double Eagles themselves, may find it hard to believe this issue is really relatively common in Unc., but it definitely is. To be sure, it is not common in the same sense that a 1904 is, but a nice Unc. can be found without a great amount of time or effort expended.
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