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    1873-CC Ten Dollar, Choice AU
    Among the Rarest Issues From This Mint
    One of the Finest Coins Ever Offered at Auction

    1873-CC $10 AU55 NGC. Variety 2-A. Carson City eagles from the 1870s are, without exception, major rarities in either the absolute or conditional sense, often both. Not only does the 1873-CC fit that bill, it sets the standard. The 1870-CC is widely regarded as the singlemost important key date from this facility, but the 1873-CC is essentially just as rare. The argument could be made that this issue is, in fact, more challenging in high grades.

    Merely 4,543 1873-CC ten dollar gold coins were minted, and they circulated as intended in the channels of Western commerce. There were no collectors interested in setting these coins aside for numismatic purposes, so most examples were used extensively and eventually melted for their gold weight. The fact that any pieces survive at all is simply a matter of happenstance. The estimated survivorship ranges from 60 to 80 pieces.

    The average 1873-CC eagle is, as Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth put it, "in miserable condition, heavily marked, and/or softly struck on the center of the obverse." Most coins grade in the VF to XF range. Doug Winter adds: "I doubt if more than a half dozen properly graded AU pieces exist and there are currently no 1873-CC eagles known that are even close to being Uncirculated."

    This is one of the finest representatives ever offered at public auction. Indeed, it is one of the finest representatives extant with at most three higher-graded submissions at NGC and PCGS combined, assuming no duplications or crossovers. Partial mint luster remains intact within the recesses of the design, a quality virtually unseen on any other example of the issue. The motifs are strongly detailed with trivial high-point friction. Abrasions are plentiful, but none are singularly distracting. Census: 1 in 55, 2 finer (1/18).
    From The Admiral Collection. (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 53M6, PCGS# 8667)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    February, 2018
    22nd-27th Thursday-Tuesday
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