Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 26,900
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 4/19/2019

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1872 CC $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 418
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1872 CC $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----19391035372685338---------418
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Total----193910353726953381--------420
 ----5 %9 %25 %13 %17 %16 %13 %1 %2 %0 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/28/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 216, 222/Lot# 1072 $12,937.50
1/31/2010 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2358 $5,750.00
7/3/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3094, 3094/Lot# 2439 $4,025.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4416 $22,425.00
4/24/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 6003 $4,406.25
4/13/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186809 $9,476.50
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3627 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS CC
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Base258527272781288535064756518061296545754386011065311863154881692517143173851765417950182761863420286
26322745281630923923489754966268687878969285110561307115967169981722417475177531805918395191850
0000005496626868787896928511056130711596716998172241747517753180591839500
0000005813640672108248996911460142801644617070173041756417851181671851500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 8601
Owner: The Loaned Ranger
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 7543
Owner: swiss
 
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