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The Carson City Mint was actively engaged in producing eagles and half eagles in 1891, and the storied facility could spare the resources for only a token mintage of double eagles. To quote Doug Winter in Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint:
'Unlike the Carson City half eagles and eagles of this date, the 1891-CC double eagle is a rare, low mintage issue. In fact, its original production of just 5,000 pieces is the second lowest for any Carson City double eagle, trailing only the 1870-CC.'
Winter estimates a surviving population of 150-200 pieces for the issue, with only 10-15 survivors in Mint State. Most examples seen are in circulated grades, and any MS62 graded coin would be a candidate for Condition Census.
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