The Universal Rarity Scale

 

The Universal Rarity Scale was developed by Q. David Bowers. The scale can be used for anycoin or any item where rarity is important. In the June 1992 issue of the Numismatist, Bowers outlined this scale and it has since been widely used in the industry.

It is important to remember that rarity not only differs from coin type to coin type but from grade to grade. Condition rarity occurs when few examples of a coin exist above a certain grade. For example: The mintage figures for the 1893 2 ½ Shilling is 137 472. Of these, only 1 specimen exists in an MS condition. This coin would then be classified as URS-1.

URS - 0
URS - 1
URS - 2
URS - 3
URS - 4
URS - 5
URS - 6
URS - 7
URS - 8
URS - 9
URS - 10
URS - 11
URS - 12
URS - 13
URS - 14
URS - 15
URS - 16
URS - 17
URS - 18
URS - 19
URS - 20
None Known
1 known - Unique
2 known
3 - 4 known
5 - 8 known
9 - 16 known
17 - 32 known
33 - 64 known
65 - 125 known
126 - 250 known
501 - 1 000 known
501 - 1 000 known
1 001 - 2 000 known
2 001 - 4 000 known
4 001 - 8 000 known
8 001 - 16 000 known
16 001 - 32 000 known
32 001 - 65 000 known
65 001 - 125 000 known
125 001 - 250 000 known
250 001 – 500 000 known
Single 9
1874 Burgers Pond Fine Beard

 

 

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