BCCS Rarity Surveys
The Rarity Surveys got better results than we had originally hoped. Many collectors only expressed opinions on specific
grade ranges that they have been actively looking for, and others only on the specific dates that they have
an interest in. We had asked people not to just randomly guess on issues in which they had no real opinion.
There were many people that stated that the Rarity Ratings listed in The Complete Guide books
by David Lawrence, were mostly still accurate, and only provided opinions for the coins they
believed had changed since the books were written.
There were few surprises, and there was a lot of consensus among Rarity Survey respondents. Some dates
had minor shifts in ratings, often between R2 and R3, or R3 and R4, but nothing dramatic at all. All in all,
the BCCS believes we got excellent results.
The definitions for the Rarity Ratings in these surveys are as follows:
R1: Common date and grade
R2: Better date and grade
R3: Tough date available, but may require some looking
R4: Scarce may or may not find at larger shows/auctions
R5: Very scarce only a few offered for sale each year
R6: Almost never seen only one or two may be offered for sale in a years time
R7: Rare a single specimen might, on average, be offered for sale once every few years
R8: Unique, or nearly so
Below are the results of the four BCCS Rarity Surveys that were conducted for Liberty Nickels, and Barber Dimes,
Quarters, and Halves.
Liberty Nickels Rarity Survey
Barber Dimes Rarity Survey
Barber Quarters Rarity Survey
Barber Halves Rarity Survey