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.
Most (perhaps all) examples of this date utilize a New Reverse ("Hub of 1859-1907") and this may be the first appearance of the New Reverse on an S-Mint Quarter Eagle. Please report any Old Reverse examples.
David Akers (1975/88):
This is the second most common San Francisco mint quarter eagle after the 1878-S. It is readily obtainable in lower grades and even choice uncirculated specimens are encountered with some regularity. In fact, this is the most common S Mint quarter eagle in full mint state. The 1877-S is the first S Mint quarter eagle that uses the "new" reverse that was adopted at the Philadelphia Mint in 1859. All previous San Francisco Mint quarter eagles have the old reverse that was used at all mints from 1840 to 1858. The S mintmark is very small, roughly half the size that it is on earlier S Mint quarter eagles.
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