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: $1177.45 (9/20/2014)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/12/2014

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1872 CC $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2450 2500 2750 3900 7900 7900 13750 18500 24500 35000 51500 85000 200000 - - - - - - - -
$ 9250 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 416
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/20/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0825, 825/Lot# 896 $1,846.25
9/19/2005 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2556 $1,667.50
1/24/2008 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 215, 221/Lot# 5995 $8,337.50
6/17/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3858 $9,200.00
7/8/2010 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 4842 $20,700.00
9/4/2011 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2133 $9,775.00
3/8/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4262 $9,200.00
4/13/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186809 $9,476.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 CC $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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