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 1926 is one of the most common issues of the Saint-Gaudens series, but it is still a distinct step higher in overall population rarity and condition rarity than such truly common issues as the 1924, 1927 and 1928 with which it is generally, but incorrectly, associated. Contrary to what some other experts have written, the 1926 is also significantly more rare than the 1925, especially in gem condition. A few superb (MS-67 or better) examples do exist but they are extremely rare.
The 1926 is always very sharply struck with full frosty surfaces and very good to excellent lustre. Color varies, but rich yellow orange gold or greenish gold are predominant. Many specimens have orange or rose-colored highlights and it is not unusual to see copper spots or stains. Top grade examples of this issue, like all the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1924 to 1932, are highly attractive, and it is obvious that all of these late issues were minted to a very high standard.
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