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: $565.69 (10/13/2015)
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.

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Last Updated: 4/7/2015

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Total Graded: 365
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/20/1998 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1042, 1042/Lot# 2080 $527.50
12/16/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23124, 23124/Lot# 12095 $4,945.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2361 $2,185.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5883 $18,800.00
4/20/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187758 $3,961.10
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2678 $30,550.00
8/6/2014 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13266 $11,750.00
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1218/Lot# 3273 $6,168.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 CC $10 MS
1890 CC $10 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1762
Owner: Carl Beeson
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