Available Rare U.S. Coins
Pre-1933 Rare U.S. Coins
1871-CC $10.00 PCGS EF45 CAC
The 1871-CC is the second most available Carson City eagle from the 1870's, but it is not often seen in EF45 and almost never with natural color and surfaces.
This is the nicest EF45 example of this date I can recall seeing as it is wholly original with deep, rich olive-gold and russet toning seen over smooth, choice surfaces. I have seen many 1871-CC eagles in AU50 and AU53 holders which couldn't remotely compare with the aesthetics of this exceptional piece.
Besides this coin (see below for provenance) the only other PCGS/CAC EF45 1871-CC eagle to sell at auction brought $15,275 back in 2013 in a Stacks Bowers auction.
If you are putting together a set of CC eagles and you care about quality, it is unlikely if a finer 1871-CC can be located at this price point. CAC has approved three in this grade with four finer.
Ex Stacks Bowers 2016 ANA ($19,975), Stack's 8/10: 1152 ($12,650), Johnson-Blue collection.
1874-CC $10.00 PCGS EF40
The 1874-CC is the most available Carson City from the 1870's. It is in demand in VF and EF grades as nice AU pieces have become expensive and difficult to locate.
This is a modestly worn example with nice skin seen below soft russet toning. Both sides are a bit scuffy (hence the grade) but there is evident luster and the overall eye appeal is excellent.
No PCGS EF40 1874-CC eagle has sold at auction since March 2005. A PCGS EF45 example of this date realized $6,463 as Stacks Bowers 2016 ANA: 3370. Locating an affordable 1874-CC eagle is a challenge, especially one as nice as the present coin.
1878-CC $10.00 PCGS EF45
There are an estimated 70-80 known 1878-CC eagles from an original mintage of just 3,244. This date is unique in Uncirculated (an NGC MS63 is said to exist but I've never seen it) and I haven't handled one finer than AU55.
This piece has enough remaining luster to strongly suggest an AU50 grade but it is somewhat weakly-struck at the central obverse. The light green-gold surfaces show an absence of the usual abrasions while the rims show no bumps.
No PCGS EF45 examples of the 1878-CC eagle have sold at auction since Heritage 9/11: 4391 realized $14,375; before this the last coin in this grade to sell was in May 2005.
This date is seldom offered for sale in any grade and almost never in Choice Extremely Fine.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCRATCH WHICH SHOWS ON THE OBVERSE IS ON THE HOLDER AND NOT THE COIN.
1890-CC $10.00 PCGS MS61
There are as many as 100 examples of the 1890-CC eagle known in Uncirculated with the majority in the MS60 to MS62 range. The price jumps considerably from MS61 to MS62 and given the lack of significant differences between the two grades, MS61's seem like better value to me.
This frosty, undipped coin is free of wear or luster breaks and has lovely natural yellow-gold color which deepens at the inner borders. A few scuffs in the obverse fields limit the grade, but I have seen inferior 1890-CC eagles in MS62 holders.
The last three APR's for non-CAC 1890-CC eagles in PCGS MS61 range from a low of $4,230 in December 2015 to a high of $4,935 in June 2015.
Good value, and a perfect CC type coin for the collector seeking one choice eagle from this popular mint.
1877-CC $20.00 PCGS AU55
The 1877-CC is the first Type Three double eagle from this mint and it is not often seen in grades above the AU53 to AU55 range.
This nice Choice AU example shows considerable luster below natural green and orange-gold color. The surfaces are uncommonly free of marks with almost nothing that breaks the surfaces.
An NGC AU55 1877-CC double eagle sold for $9,400 as Heritage 2/17: 4055 and it was far more abraded than the present piece.
1883-CC $20.00 PCGS MS61
The 1883-CC is among the more available Type Three double eagles from this mint. It is scarce in the lower Uncirculated grades and it becomes rare in MS62 and above.
This fresh-to-the-market example has pleasing natural orange-gold and rose colors clinging to frosty, non-abraded surfaces. A few shallow scuffs in the right obverse field limit the grade but this piece has good overall eye appeal for the date and grade.
Two PCGS MS61 1883-CC twenties have sold at auction so far this year. Goldberg 2/17: 1361 brought $12,925 while Heritage 1/17: 6044 was bid up to $15,275.
If available, a PCGS MS62 example of this date would cost in excess of $20,000 which makes this nice MS61 a seemingly good value.
1883-CC $20.00 PCGS AU53 CAC
The 1883-CC is among the more available double eagles from the fabled Carson City mint, and there are hundreds extent in the lower to middle AU grades. However, only a small handful are blatantly original with dark, deep natural coloration.
This is an exceptionally original example with deep olive and orange-gold color contrasted by darker highlights and underscored by flashes of red, most prominent at the date. A few grade-limiting scuffs can be seen in the lower obverse fields but this piece has exceptional eye appeal.
The last PCGS AU53 1883-CC double eagle to sell at auction brought $5,288 as Stacks Bowers 2015 ANA: 1370; it was not approved by CAC.
This is the perfect Type Three type example for the collector seeking a single memorable piece from this Carson City design.
CAC has approved 16 in this grade with 72 finer.
1884-CC $20.00 PCGS AU58 CAC
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Current Price: $9,500
There are literally hundreds of AU58 examples known of this date but it is unlikely if more than 20% of these 1884-CC double eagles are nice enough for eventual CAC approval.
This is a textbook AU58 with nearly full luster, just the slightest wear which is limited to the high spots and nice natural rose and yellow-gold colors. The surfaces are very lightly marked and this is really a premium example for the grade.
A non-CAC AU58 1884-CC double eagle sold for $8,225 as Heritage 1/17: 7169. A great type coin for the collector seeking a choice Type Three double eagle from Carson City.
CAC has approved 47 in this grade with 29 finer.