1875-CC $20 MS (PCGS# 8974)

August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1875-CC Liberty Double Eagle. Winter-2B. MS-63 (PCGS). Undeniably prooflike and cameo-like in appearance with strong contrast between the frosty motifs and mirror fields; PCGS makes no note of the contrast. Deep golden orange with rich deep orange highlights on both sides. A truly lovely coin that probably would have garnered a higher grade if the fields were not prooflike in appearance; the few scattered ticks would have blended&nbsp;more readily&nbsp;into a frosty background. The Winter reference gives us the following information for the date: "The 1875-CC is the most available Carson City double eagle from the 1870s and it is the single most available Type II issue from this mint. It is easily located in all circulated grades and can be found in the lower Uncirculated grades without much effort. It becomes scarce in Mint State-62 and rare in Mint State-63. I have never seen one grading higher, although I have seen some Mint State-63s that were&nbsp;clearly high-end." It's almost as though he was describing <em>this coin!</em>&nbsp;A seemingly unlisted Winter variety with his Reverse A, but with an obverse that matches neither his&nbsp;variety 1 or&nbsp;2 designation; the edge of the lower left serif on the 1 in the date is<em> directly centered over the space between two dentils</em>. Be forewarned&mdash;to see this coin is to love it, for it is that nice, and we're certain bidding activity for this lot will support our position. <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sFtyizDbFR0" frameborder="0" width="560" height="349"></iframe>
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