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 1915 is one of the more common issues of the series and is the easiest to locate in gem condition, other than the 1908. There are quite a few gems around as well as a small number of superb, nearly perfect quality examples. Nevertheless, the 1915, like all Indian head half eagles, still must be considered to be rare in MS-64 or higher grade. All Indian Head half eagles are rare in full MS-65 condition making this the rarest gold type of the 20th century by far.
Overall, this is one of the better looking issues of the series, and high grade ones are most often really attractive. The typical 1915 is very sharply struck with very finely granular surfaces, great lustre and superb color, usually rich greenish gold and orange although some coppery or reddish gold specimens also exist.
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