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 1879 is a scarce date, particularly in strictly uncirculated condition. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1880. (However, it is not quite as rare as most of those other dates in unc.) When available, the 1879 can be anything from VF to AU. In Unc-60, the 1879 is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state the date is surprisingly rare.
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