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Simply put, this is a rare coin. The Carson City Mint's delivery of Eagles in 1879 amounted to a mere 1,762 pieces, the lowest yearly output for not only this particular type, but for all gold coins produced at this branch mint. Surprisingly, the '79-CC is not the rarest Carson City Mint Ten. That honor belongs to the 1870-CC with just 35-45 coins believed extant. The 1879-CC comes in second place with only 40-50 coins known (per Winter and Halperin, 2001). Perhaps needless to say, this date is not common in any grade. However, most survivors are concentrated at or around the VF level of preservation.
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