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The Only Known 1883-CC Branch Mint Proof Morgan Dollar

1883-CC PR 64 NGC. Some controversy surrounds the status of the 1883-CC as a branch mint proof. Breen did not examine the coin in Amon Carter's collection, but listed it as a possible proof striking. Wayne Miller spent several hours examining Amon's collection and concluded that the piece in his set was definitely not a proof. This coin is certainly not the Amon Carter 1883-CC dollar. The photograph in the Carter auction catalog is overexposed, but it plainly shows a mark in the center of the cheek of Liberty that is absent on this piece.
The coin is accompanied by a letter from John Albanese dated July 13, 1988 in which he states, "After careful examination, I am certain that the 1883-CC Morgan Dollar (#123117-002) a Branch Mint Specimen proof." The fields and overall surface quality would certainly seem to suggest that it is. The fields have an unfathomably deep reflectivity that we can remember only seeing on proof strikings. There are also numerous tiny lint marks in the fields. Their presence suggests that the dies were wiped with a cloth prior to striking, and static electricity caused minute pieces of lint to adhere to the dies, and the impression of these were in turn imparted to the coin. This is not evidence of a proof striking per se, but it does suggest that an unusual degree of care was used to produce this coin. Lint marks such as seen on this coin are common to proof strikings, but are usually not seen on business strikes. The design elements are also completely brought up. Every bit of hair detail over Liberty's ear is fully defined on this coin as well as individuated feather detail on the eagle. The interior portions of each side are mostly brilliant with a light golden-brown patina clinging to the peripheries. Probably a unique specimen in proof format, and an extraordinary opportunity for the advanced dollar specialist. (NGC ID# 27ZD, PCGS# 7346)

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