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1871-CC $10.00 PCGS EF45 CAC

March17 RCP 1871 F
 

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Current Price: $21,250

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

March17 RCP 1874 F
 

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Current Price: $5,750

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

March17 RCP 1878 F
 

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Current Price: $16,500

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

March17 RCP 1890 F
 

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Current Price: $5,250

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

March17 RCP 1877 F
 

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Current Price: $10,750

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

March17 RCP 1883 F
 

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Current Price: $15,000

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

March17 RCP 1883CAC F
 

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Current Price: $6,000

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

March17 RCP 1884 F
 

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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.

RECENTLY SOLD COINS

1872 $2.50 PCGS PR64DCAM CAC

Feb16 1872 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $29,900

All Proof gold dated 1872 is very rare. The 1872 quarter eagle has a mintage of only 30 Proofs, of which fewer than 20 are known. The typical survivor grades PR63 to PR64 and gems are extremely rare, with likely no more than two or three known. This date is especially hard to locate with a Deep Cameo/Ultra cameo designation and probably no more than five or so exist with this degree of contrast.

This is one of the finest known for the date. It is bright and very vibrant with an excellent black and white appearance. There are a few wispy hairlines which limit the grade, but this piece is clearly high-end. There is some natural toning on the reverse and a small red copper spot, which clearly shows this piece is original and has not been “played with.”

PCGS has graded three in PR64DCAM with none finer. CAC has approved two in this grade/designation with none finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a retail value of $27,500. The only comparable piece to sell at auction brought $28,200 as Heritage 12/12: 5643.

The Proof quarter eagles from the 1870’s are very rare and tend to be overlooked in comparison to higher denominations. This piece is exceptional in its state of preservation and it is likely one of the very finest known for the date.

1859 $20.00 PCGS EF40

Feb16 1859 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $7,650

The 1859 is one of the two rarest Type One double eagles from the Philadelphia mint along with the popular 1862. It is not often seen in affordable collector grades as most of the EF pieces are either ungradable due to harsh cleaning, or they are housed in tightly-held collections.

This example has strike which is typical for the date with some flatness on the obverse stars, especially the first five. There are some scattered marks on the surfaces including a fresh scrape through the rim at 5:00 through star 13 into the right field.

Only one example graded EF40 has sold at auction since October 2009 and it brought $7,050 as Heritage 10/15: 5241.

It is nearly impossible to find an example of this date for sale at less than $7,500.

1839-D $2.50 PCGS VF30 CAC

Feb16 1839 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $5,975

The 1839-D is numismatically desirable as a one-year type and as the very first quarter eagle made at the new Dahlonega mint. It is actually more available than one would presume but most collector quality examples (VF-EF) are really ugly and really low end.

This very choice piece is, in my opinion, close to a full EF40 in terms of detail and “skin.” PCGS was a bit harsh on the grade due to typical weakness of strike on the reverse, but this piece shows good overall detail for the grade and it is has lovely natural caramel and russet hues which are seldom seen on the issue. The surfaces are comparatively clean and the wear is even and smooth. The eye appeal is exceptional and this is the nicest VF 1839-D quarter eagle I have offered in years.

No PCGS VF30 1839-D quarter eagle has sold at auction since August 2007. A CAC approved NGC piece brought $4,230 as Heritage 3/15: 4117. CAC has approved three in this grad and 15 finer.

This is an excellent opportunity for the collector on a budget to acquire a genuinely attractive example of arguably the most popular quarter eagle made at the Dahlonega mint.

$5.00 – 1882-CC NGC AU58 CAC

1882 July15 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $6,500

The 1882-CC is the most available of five Carson City half eagles from the 1880′s. Examples grading AU55 to AU58 are not rare but it is difficult to find these with natural color and choice surfaces.

This frosty slider shows just a touch of friction on the central obverse; the reverse on its own grades MS61 to MS62 in my opinion. A few small, shallow marks in the inner left obverse field are noticeable but not detracting. The color is an even, pleasing light to medium natural orange-gold.

Three non-CAC NGC AU58 1882-CC half eagles sold at auction in 2014 and they brought $4,994, $5,288 and $7,638, respectively. No CAC approved example has been offered in some time.

$10.00 – 1858 PCGS AU53 CAC

1858 July15 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $17,250

Only 2,521 business strikes were produced and for many years, the 1858 was regarded as THE key issue in the entire Liberty Head eagle series. It has been stated in print that as few as 25-30 exist but this is wrong and my estimate is in the 45-55 range. The 1858 eagle is quite scarce in AU grades with around 12-15 known and it remains unique in Uncirculated with the famous MTB/Hall/Simpson coin, now graded MS64+ by PCGS, being the clear finest by a mile.

This fresh-to-the-market example is a perfect coin for the grade with some remaining luster, attractive natural russet-gold color and surfaces which lack any of the significant abrasions which are usually found on this issue

Two good comparable APR’s exist for the 1858 eagle in AU53. A PCGS example without CAC approval sold for $15,275 as Heritage 2/14: 4170 while a CAC approved NGC piece realized $14,688 as Heritage 1/13: 5903.The only finer 1858 eagle to appear for sale in recent years was a PCGS AU58 which realized $31,075 in a March 2013 Great Collections auction.

CAC has approved four in this grade with none finer. Only six examples of this date has so far been approved by CAC.

$5.00 – 1860-S PCGS AU55

1860 July15 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $9,350

RARE CHOICE AU 1860-S HALF EAGLE

While a comparatively high mintage of 21,200 was recorded for this issue, the 1860-S is a rare coin in all grades with no more than 60-70 known in total. In AU, the 1860-S is rare and there are likely no more than five to seven extent in the AU55 to AU58 range. In Uncirculated, this date is unique with the Bass/Eliasberg example, graded MS62 by PCGS, having last brought $27,600 when it sold in 1999.

This is a flashy, lustrous example which appears to have never before been in an auction. It is lightly worn and well defined with some scattered marks on the surfaces as on nearly all known 1860-S half eagles. On this piece, the identifying mark is a circular scrape at Liberty’s throat.

No PCGS AU55 1860-S half eagle has sold at auction since April 2006. In April 2014, a PCGS AU58 brought a strong $19,975. This is the best available quality for this date as less than $10,000 and it is likely in the Condition Census for the issue.

1838-C $2.50 NGC AU55 | Pittman Collection Pedigree

1838C Pittman June15 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $12,500

This is an important first year of issue and one of only two quarter eagles from this mint which use the popular, short-lived Classic Head design. Only 7,880 were made and of the few hundred which exist, the present example is far nicer than what is usually seen.

This lustrous, lightly worn example is pedigreed to the famous John Pittman collection which was sold in May 1998; this is a highly regarded pedigree. The coin brought $8,800 nearly 15 years ago and it appears not to have been reoffered in recent years.

NGC has graded 12 in AU55 with 35 finer while PCGS has graded 16 with 17 finer; both sets of figures are likely inflated by resubmissions.

1840-C $2.50 PCGS AU53 CAC

1840C June15 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $5,850

This is another numismatically significant issue; in this case due to its being the first year of issue for the Liberty Head type. As a date, the 1840-C is scarce in AU grades, especially with natural color and choice surfaces.

This wonderfully “fresh” example shows excellent deep natural color and would likely grade higher were it not for some minor weakness of strike at the obverse border.

PCGS has graded 13 in AU55 with 30 finer while CAC has approved just 5 in this grade and four better.

1840 $5.00 PCGS MS62

May15 1840 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $5,400

The 1840 is an important first-year-of-issue as it displays the modified Liberty Head first introduced in 1839. Circulated examples are common but this date is scarce in Uncirculated with around 12-15 known, mostly in the MS60 to MS62 range. This is an example of the Narrow Mill variety, but has not been designated as such by PCGS.

This example is fresh to the market and it exhibits crisp luster which has obviously never been interfered with. The strike is sharper than usual for the date with no weakness at the borders and full radial lines in the stars. The color is a totally natural and very pleasing medium orange gold hue, and were it not for a few scuffs in the fields this piece would receive strong consideration at the 63 level. PCGS has only graded four finer than MS62.

This would make an excellent No Motto type coin, or it would fit nicely into nearly any advanced set of Liberty Head half eagles.

1858-C $5.00 PCGS AU58 CAC

May15 1858 Transparent Sold F
 

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Current Price: $5,400

The 1858-C is one of the more available half eagles from the Charlotte mint. As with all Charlotte half eagles, properly graded AU58's are scarce and they are excellent values when compared to MS61 coins which, typically, are double the price (or more) and often are less eye appealing.

This sharply-struck example features rich natural russet hues on the obverse and, a bit less so, on the reverse. The obverse is clean and choice while there are a few small ticks on the reverse including a small cluster below A in STATES. Some roughness in the reverse fields is as-made and is seen on many 1858-C half eagles.

1872 $3.00 PCGS AU58 CAC

1872AU58sold

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Current Price: $4,250

Only 2,000 examples of this date were made for circulation. The 1872 is a scarce date in the three dollar series which is not often seen in grades higher than AU58 to MS61.

This is a very choice example for the grade with semi-prooflike surfaces which show nice green-gold color which deepens at the obverse border. Just the slightest amount of rub separates it from an Uncirculated grade and a much higher price tag.

PCGS has graded 46 examples in AU58 with 41 higher and it is likely that these figures are inflated by resubmissions. CAC has only approved five in AU58 with six finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $3,600 for a non-CAC AU58 1872 $3.00

This series is currently out of favor but it seems likely that it will regain the popularity it had with collectors in the 1990's and 2000's.

1850 Large Date $10.00 PCGS AU55 CAC

1850AU55sold

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Current Price: $1,975

Varieties of 1850 eagle are known with a Large date and a Small date. The former is more available but it is not easy to find in AU55 and above, especially with natural color and choice surfaces.

This is a very pleasing coin with no serious marks and natural green-gold color. It has well above average eye appeal for the issue.

PCGS has graded 13 in AU55 and just nine finer while CAC has approved three in this grade and eight finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $1,700 for an AU55 without CAC approval.

This coin offers a lot of bang for the buck!

1806 Knobbed 6 $5.00 NGC MS6

Jan1806sold

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Current Price: $41,250

Capped Bust Right Heraldic eagle reverse half eagles were made from 1795 through 1807. The early dates tend to be rare, and most collectors focus on the issues made from 1800 to the discontinuation of this design. This type is generally available in the lower Uncirculated grades but it is rare in MS64 and extremely rare in Gem. In fact, an MS65 will cost you over $100,000… if you can even find one!

This 1806 Knobbed 6 represents an excellent type coin as it is a comparatively available date which gets no rarity premium. This example shows nice natural russet-gold color and clean, lustrous surfaces with crisp, clear details on both sides.

NGC has graded 36 in MS64 with only two finer, and it is probable that the MS64 population is well inflated by resubmissions. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $61,500 for this issue in MS64, and the most recent auction trade for an NGC MS64 was $41,300 in June 2014.

This exceptional piece of early gold is an important piece of early American history and it will become a centerpiece of a savvy investor’s portfolio.

1860-O 25 ¢ PCGS MS65 CAC, ex Eliasberg

Jan1860sold

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Current Price: $13,150

New Orleans No Motto quarter dollars were made from 1840 through 1860. They were extensively used in commerce, and despite relatively high mintages the survival rate of Uncirculated examples is exceedingly low. The 1860-O is a major rarity in Gem Uncirculated with just three of four pieces known, and the present example is believed to be the second finest in existence.

This piece, which has a verifiable pedigree extending back to 1904, is refreshingly original with deep rose-grey pastels covering choice, frosty surfaces. It is likely that this 1860-O quarter has never been cleaned or fooled with. Its eye appeal is exceptional.

PCGS has graded two in MS65 and one finer (an MS66 which recently sold for close to $25,000), while CAC has approved two MS65’s and one finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $14,000 in MS65.

We feel that Gem silver coinage from the 1840-1860 era is currently highly undervalued and that coins such as this magnificent Gem 1860-O, from the famous Louis Eliasberg collection, represent a unique opportunity for the savvy investor.

1879-S $5.00 NGC MS62+

Jan1879sold

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Current Price: $1,750

Most of the pre-1880 With Motto Liberty Head half eagles are scarce in MS62 to MS63 grades and rare above this. The 1879-S fits this rarity profile and it is seldom seen in grades higher than MS63.

This is an extremely “flashy” coin for the date and grade with slightly reflective fields and a bold strike. To the naked eye it looks to be clearly undergraded, and we have seen inferior coins in MS63—and even MS64—holders.

NGC has graded 59 in MS62 with 38 finer and only two in MS62+ while CAC has approved eight in MS62 with five finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $1,550 for a non-CAC example in MS62+.

1843-O $10.00 PCGS AU58

Jan1843sold

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Current Price: $7,150

Production of the ten dollar Liberty Head or “eagle” coinage began in New Orleans in 1841. The No Motto type was struck through 1860, and all No Motto eagles from this mint are rare in properly graded AU58 and very rare in Uncirculated. The 1843-O is an extreme rarity in Uncirculated with fewer than 10 known. A nice Mint State coin—if you can find one—will run $15,000 or more, making a properly graded AU58 an excellent value.

This “slider” example is sharply detailed and it displays nearly full luster below attractive light yellow-gold color. There is just the slightest amount of “rub” on the high spots, but the surfaces show fewer abrasions than usual for the date and grade. The eye appeal is excellent.

PCGS has graded just six 1843-O eagles in AU58 and only five finer with none better than MS62. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a value of $7,500 in this grade.

1864-S $20.00 PCGS AU58 CAC

Jan1864sold

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Current Price: $7,600

This date is popular with both Liberty Head double eagle collectors and Civil War gold specialists. This gives it multiple levels of demand and coins such as this have demonstrated nice price performance over the last decade.

This lustrous “slider” shows no real wear and the obverse is especially choice with nice color, good luster, and no appreciable marks. The strike is above average and the eye appeal is excellent. A thin streak on the reverse is a “grease stain” and this is mint-made.

PCGS has graded 43 in AU58 and 46 higher while CAC has approved 11 in this grade and 11 finer. The PCGS Price Guide suggests a retail value of $7,650 for a non-CAC example in this grade.

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