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: $1211.50 (5/24/2017)
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.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/6/2017

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Total Graded: 415
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/20/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0825, 825/Lot# 896 $1,846.25
8/13/1999 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 8224 $12,650.00
1/24/2008 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 215, 221/Lot# 5995 $8,337.50
10/23/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 3060 $23,000.00
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
6/14/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9754 $7,762.50
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7115 $11,750.00
4/13/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186809 $9,476.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 CC $20 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 8601
Owner: The Loaned Ranger
Grade: AU 55
Points: 7543
Owner: swiss
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From the Grading Room: Highest-Graded 1872-CC $20

3/4/2010 — This wholly original and beautifully struck specimen is one of the finest our graders have ever seen, and is now the highest-graded coin of the issue and the sole example at this level.
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