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 1876-S has the lowest mintage of any S Mint quarter eagle except the extremely rare 1854-S. It is very rare in any condition and most known specimens are weakly struck. The examples that I have seen of the 1876-S have the tiny narrow lump on Liberty's jaw that is seen on the business strikes of 1876. Full mint state specimens of this date are extremely rare and I have seen no more than two or three. Because they are invariably weakly struck, 1876-S quarter eagles are difficult to grade. Rather than looking at the usual "high points" for wear, one must examine instead the quality of the surfaces and the mint lustre to accurately determine a grade.
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