1891-CC $10 MS (PCGS# 8720)

2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144

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1891-CC $10 MS65 NGC. This is the only 1891-CC eagle in the combined certified population to earn an MS65 grade, and it is alone at the top, as none have been certified finer (8/10). While the 1891-CC has a reputation as the most available of the Carson City eagles in both circulated and lower Mint State levels, thanks to a total population that nearly matches all other CC-mint ten dollar dates combined, it is a condition rarity even at the Choice level, much less Gem. The survival of an MS65 example is the purest chance. Not only is this 1891-CC eagle an important condition rarity for its issue, it is also one of only two Gem or better pieces in the combined certified population for all Carson City eagle issues. The other is an MS65 1874-CC eagle, which was previously graded MS64 by NGC and called by Doug Winter in 2001 "The finest Carson City eagle of any date that I have ever seen." This 1891-CC example makes for a worthy companion and rival in the Gem tier. As for the coin itself, it is flat-out gorgeous. The obverse is frosty, offering subtle orange hints in yellow-gold fields that have bold cartwheels beneath a thin layer of storage patina. A few small dots of coppery alloy are visible along the rims. A handful of minor marks are all well away from the focal areas. The reverse is just as beautiful, perhaps a touch more orange-gold, with equally sharp devices and the prized Carson City mintmark. In short, this is an incredible Gem, the 1891-CC eagle that all others wish they could be. From The Dr. Mani and Kay Ehteshami Collection.
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