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):
This is undoubtedly one of the more underrated issues of this series. Only the 1911-D, 1914 and 1914-D are more rare, and true gems of the 1912, although they do exist, can only be located with great difficulty. In the lower Mint State grades, i.e. MS-60 to MS-63, examples are available fairly often and even in MS-64 they can be found. As for superb (MS-67) pieces, I have seen a couple but for all practice purposes they are essentially unobtainable. This is another date that deserves to be a premium priced coin but is not because its rarity has not been generally appreciated.
The 1912 is generally more sharply than the 1911 but in other respects it is somewhat similar. Most specimens are not particularly lustrous and the surfaces are quite granular. Some examples are a little weak at the borders, possibly from die buckling or deterioration. The color is typically a greenish orange color although brilliant light yellow gold examples also exist.
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