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):
For years, most collectors and dealers have used mintage figures as their principal guide in determining the rarity of a particular coin. (PCGS CoinFacts editors note: remember, David Akers was writing this in 1982, before PCGS and population reports. But his comments were very accurate for the time and very interesting for us today.) However, as I have stated many times, mintage figures can be very misleading, and the 1905-S is a perfect example of this fact. With a mintage of 1.8 million pieces, the 1905-S should be quite common, even in Unc. Wrong! Choice mint state pieces are very scarce and I have seen no more than a couple of true gems.
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