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SERIES: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1879-CC $10 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU53
PCGS #:
8684
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,762
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,300 • PCGS AU55 • 10-1-1999 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 56 R-8.4 8 / 117 TIE 17 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade
1 AU58 estimated grade  

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11744, not sold

3 AU55 PCGS grade

Orange County Collection - Doug Winter - Pinnacle Rarities - Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1350, $32,200 - Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
5 AU53 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade
1 AU58 estimated grade  

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11744, not sold

3 AU55 PCGS grade

Orange County Collection - Doug Winter - Pinnacle Rarities - Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1350, $32,200 - Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
5 AU53 PCGS grade
5 AU53 estimated grade  
5 AU53 estimated grade  
5 AU53 estimated grade  
5 AU53 estimated grade  
5 AU53 estimated grade  
Douglas Winter: For many years, the 1879-CC was regarded as one of the key issues in the Carson City eagle series. It has lost some respect in the past decade as the true rarity of the 1870-CC and the 1873-CC have been better appreciated. That said, the 1879-CC is a rare coin in all grades and I believe that a case can be made for calling it the rarest issue in the series from the standpoint of total known. There were only 1,762 produced of which around four dozen are known today. Unlike the early dates of this denomination, the 1879-CC did not circulate as freely and survivors tend to be in the EF40 to AU50 range. Medium to high end AU's are very rare and in Uncirculated this date is unique with an NGC MS62 (discovered a few years ago in Alaska, of all places...) taking the honors. Nearly every 1879-CC eagle is heavily abraded and only a small number have original color and surfaces. The hair above Liberty's ear is usually very soft but the rest of the details tend to be sharp. In my opinion, this is a date that is waiting to be "rediscovered" and it deserves to be regarded as one of the great gold rarities from the CC mint.