1878-CC $20 MS (PCGS# 8986)

August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1878-CC Liberty Double Eagle. Winter 1-A. AU-58 (PCGS). Warm honey gold with orange and olive highlights, not heavily marked, and with a good supply of mint luster. From a small mintage of 13,180 pieces, down nearly 20,000 pieces from the preceding year and considerably scarcer across the board as a date. In fact, the mintage for the date is the lowest in the Carson City double eagle series since that of the 1870-CC rarity. A notable <em>condition rarity. </em>Among the scarcest of CC Mint double eagles, this date is typically found in EF or so. At AU the issue becomes rather scarce, and at Choice AU, as here, it stakes a bold claim to rarity status. Indeed, just a half dozen examples of the date have been called Mint State by PCGS, none of those above MS-62. Doug Winter calls the date "quite rare" at AU-55; we imagine the same applies to this AU-58 specimen. This low-mintage date is destined to be a welcome source of pride in your Carson City gold coin collection, and would make a great addition to an advanced type set as well.<br />
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