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

1879-CC $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
8989
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
10,708
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • PCGS MS62 • 8-4-2012 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 574 R-5.8 11 / 73 31 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 26 R-8.9 8 / 73 36 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  

Raymond J. Wayman Collection of U.S. Eagles & Double Eagles - Stack's 9/1981:293 - Stack's “Auction '86” 7/1986:443 - Superior 1/2005:1119 - Rusty Goe, 11/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11048, $74,750. The plate coin in “United States Gold Coins: An Analysis of Auction Records, Volume VI” by David W. Akers, and in “Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint” by Douglas Winter and James L. Halperin.

2 MS61 PCGS grade
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  

Raymond J. Wayman Collection of U.S. Eagles & Double Eagles - Stack's 9/1981:293 - Stack's “Auction '86” 7/1986:443 - Superior 1/2005:1119 - Rusty Goe, 11/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11048, $74,750. The plate coin in “United States Gold Coins: An Analysis of Auction Records, Volume VI” by David W. Akers, and in “Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint” by Douglas Winter and James L. Halperin.

2 MS61 PCGS grade
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
8 MS60 PCGS grade  
9 AU58 PCGS grade  
9 AU58 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): In terms of both overall rarity and condition rarity, the 1879-CC is only marginally less rare than the 1878-CC. (Some people whose experience would obviously be different from my own, might feel the 1879-CC is the rarer of the two. At any rate they are very close.) This date is not available all that often in any grade and when offered, the typical 1879-CC is only VF or EF. Strictly graded AU's are rare and mint state specimens, even Unc-60's, are for all practical purposes non-existent. I have seen only one average quality unc and have never even heard of anything close to choice or gem quality. In this respect, the 1879-CC is even more rare than the highly touted 1879-O although the 1879-O is basically a rarer date.