Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 17,387
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1102.95 (9/2/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 CC $20 MS obverse 1871 CC $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint, author Doug Winter recorded this date as the second rarest Carson City double eagle in high grade, behind only the exceedingly rare 1870-CC issue. When he compiled his auction analysis of double eagles, published in 1982, David Akers noted that this issue ranks in the top 15% of all double eagles for overall rarity and is tied with the 1866-S No Motto and 1870-CC issues for the lowest average grade within the entire series of double eagles from 1850 to 1933. 'Few dates in the series come generally worse than the 1871-CC,' according to Akers.

In 1871, the Carson City mint struck several thousand double eagles, with varying reports of the specific quantity. Author Rusty Goe, in his recent reference on the Carson City Mint, noted: 'Some references list the mintage for 1871-CC double eagles as 17,387, although official U.S. mint records have reported it as 14,687 since 1887.' Goe also discussed this particular specimen: 'Of the surviving 1871-CCs extant, few are inspiring, although there are several AU-55 and AU-58 examples which possess higher than average eye appeal, and two Uncirculated specimens in particular stand head and shoulders above the rest, especially that one that is graded by NGC as an MS-63.' All of the 1871-CC double eagles were struck from a single pair of dies. The date is well placed below the bust, with the first 1 approximately centered between the bust line and border. The final 1 in the date is nearly the same distance from the border. On the reverse, the CC mintmark is slightly left of center below the eagle's tail feathers, with the first C slightly higher than the second.

The early gold and silver coinage of the Carson City Mint entered circulation almost immediately after production. While in the East, gold and silver was still being hoarded with paper money serving the economic needs of that region, the precious metals coinage in the West circulated extensively. Others, mostly from later years of the Carson City Mint, were shipped overseas to the Orient, and probably found their way to the melting pot. Because of these influences, virtually all surviving examples of the Carson City Mint's output are well worn, or extensively abraded, or both.

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


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Price Guide

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1871 CC $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 175
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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7/1/1996 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0854, 854/Lot# 1991 $2,268.25
8/13/1999 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 8223 $16,675.00
6/3/2004 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6358 $23,000.00
1/3/2007 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3721 $19,550.00
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8/12/2015 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4471 $111,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 CC $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base275433453639414160897859833896561022610971115291241513446138991796719652204762132522199231002402824983
29513443380647906679801987779846104741115711824127591359715255185291992720759216162249923409243460
0000008777984610474111571182412759135971525518529199272075921616224992340900
00000092171003610723113431212013102137481661119090202012104221908228002371900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 11529
Owner: The Loaned Ranger
 
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