Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 17,500
Catalog: KM-102
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $587.45 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1890 CC $10 MS obverse 1890 CC $10 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In the higher grades, this is one of the elusive Carson City Mint eagles from a mintage of just 17,500 coins. Few of those have survived in Mint State grades.

The Carson City Mint was silenced in 1885 and did not resume production again until 1889. As Rusty Goe noted in his excellent reference The Mint on Carson Street: 'From 1885 to 1889, when the Carson Mint was dark, certain mine owners from the Comstock region pledged to make deposits at the local facility if the Treasury would revive coining operations there. Yields on gold ore had been moderately consistent throughout the last six years of the 1880s, and by 1890 more than $1.5 million worth of gold had been deposited at Carson City, more than adequate to begin minting coins again.' Collectors of Carson City Mint coinage are encourage to acquire a copy of Mr. Goe's reference which covers the entire history of that Mint and all denominations of coinage it produced. When coinage continued in 1889, the Carson City Mint produced only silver dollars and double eagles. It was not until 1890 that half eagles and eagles were minted again.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/16/2014

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1890 CC $10 MS
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Total Graded: 357
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 63

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3/1/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1218/Lot# 4190
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Auction Prices Realized

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4/22/1994 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1994 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #118, 118/Lot# 459 $803.00
3/7/2001 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21032, 21032/Lot# 2278 $1,700.00
11/19/2006 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2288, 2288/Lot# 2942 $560.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2480 $3,335.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6755 $1,690.50
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6061 $2,702.50
3/23/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180071 $1,692.90
9/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4497 $1,997.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 CC $10 MS
1890 CC $10 MS Prooflike
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