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.
The 1917 Philadelphia is the highest mintage of the 1916-1919 Mercury dimes and is the most common of the first dates for the series in circulated condition. However, in mint state condition, the 1916 is much more common because it was saved as the first year of issue. In Gem MS65 full band condition, the 1917 is actually somewhat rare. The 1917 usually is well struck and non-full band examples are definitely the exception. Uncirculated specimens have satiny or slightly frosty luster and toned examples are often seen.
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