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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1871-CC $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS60

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
8961
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
17,387
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$414,000 • NGC MS64 • 4-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 215 R-6.8 2 / 31 16 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 4 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 estimated grade  

Ed Shapiro, 1978 - unidentified private collection - Superior 1/1988:4414 - David Akers “Auction '88” 7/1988:977 - Eastern collector - various dealer intermediaries - Universal Coin and Bullion, 2000 - unidentified private collection - Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2372 - Heritage 8/2004:7586 - Heritage 4/2008:2500 - Rusty Goe, 4/2008 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11040, $322,000

2 MS60 PCGS grade
2 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 estimated grade  

Ed Shapiro, 1978 - unidentified private collection - Superior 1/1988:4414 - David Akers “Auction '88” 7/1988:977 - Eastern collector - various dealer intermediaries - Universal Coin and Bullion, 2000 - unidentified private collection - Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2372 - Heritage 8/2004:7586 - Heritage 4/2008:2500 - Rusty Goe, 4/2008 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11040, $322,000

2 MS60 PCGS grade
2 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade

AWA Collection

7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): After the famous 1870-CC, the 1871-CC is the rarest Double Eagle from the Carson City Mint. Compared to all other twenties, the 1871-CC ranks in the top 15% of the series in overall rarity and it is tied for first place in rarity according to average grade. Few dates in the series come generally worse than the 1871-CC. The 1871-CC is like the 1870-CC in that respect. Max Humbert tells me that in the 1960's when he was regularly receiving rare gold coins from Europe via Paul Wittlin, he handled a borderline Unc. 1871-CC.That coin is by far the finest I have heard of and it may well be the finest known.