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):
By a substantial margin, the 1932 is the most common Indian Head eagle in Mint State. It is also far and away the commonest issue in gem condition. Above MS-65, the 1932 is very rare and only a relative few really superb examples exist. This issue and the 1926 are generally lumped together as the most common of the series. However, the 1932 is far more common than the 1926 in all grades.
The 1932 is typically well struck with very good to excellent lustre. The color is most often a medium to rich greenish gold, and many specimens have light rose or coppery highlights. Many, if not most, examples of this issue have reddish copper spots or stains to some degree. Frosty specimens are the norm but many have a decidedly satiny texture, particularly on the face. Like the 1926, many specimens exhibit unsightly surface "cuts" that seem heavier than typical bagmarks.
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