Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 26,900
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1259.59 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 CC $20 MS obverse 1872 CC $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Carson City mint showed greater skill in striking the 1872-CC than its preceding two Double Eagle issues. By most numismatists' standards, this is the first readily collectible Double Eagle from the Nevada branch mint. The 'commonality' of the 1872-CC, however, ends abruptly as one crosses into the Uncirculated grade range. This was a heavily circulated issue and most surviving examples are well worn and not the type of coins that choosy collectors prefer. In addition, a small number of lightweight and debased Carson City coins dated 1872-1873 were discovered by local citizens around the time of their issue. The resulting loss of confidence in their local mint forced numerous area residents to file the edges and otherwise test every Carson City coin that passed through their hands. While this practice probably spared financial heartache to the tester, it undoubtedly lowered the surviving population of high grade, problem-free 1872-CC Double Eagles available in today's market.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2013

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1872 CC $20 MS
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Base $ 2250 2300 2475 3250 6575 6575 11200 13750 20500 33000 47000 62500 165000 - - - - - - - -
$ 7500 12250 15000 22500 36000 54000 70000 180000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 411
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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4/27/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6842
4/27/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6841
4/27/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6844
4/27/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6843


Auction Prices Realized

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8/13/1999 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 8224 $12,650.00
1/30/2005 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1994, 1994/Lot# 2136 $5,720.00
9/19/2005 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2555 $6,670.00
1/24/2008 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 215, 221/Lot# 5995 $8,337.50
3/28/2009 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 3277 $20,700.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3309 $27,025.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7116 $11,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 CC $20 MS
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Base20312147216924452931402645865055673375318490902710230107401126811815123811296713573142011484915519
2069215422612607329642124742561469997850866994281040010916114501200312576131691378214417150720
000000474256146999785086699428104001091611450120031257613169137821441700
000000489861737265817088489829105701109211632121921277113371139911463300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 8490
Owner: The Loaned Ranger
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 7531
Owner: swiss
 
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