Extremely Rare 1872-CC Twenty, MS601872-CC $20 MS60 NGC. Carson City double eagles coined in the early 1870s are extremely rare in full Mint State grades. NGC has only certified 10 such pieces, and PCGS has graded just two in MS60 with none finer.
In 2001, Doug Winter wrote: "The 1872-CC is a reasonably scarce issue in all grades, although it is sometimes available in Extremely Fine. About Uncirculated coins are not easily located and most examples in this grade range are no better than marginal About Uncirculated-50 quality. ... Uncirculated 1872-CC double eagles are extremely rare with just two or three currently known."
More recently, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth updated the commentary about this Carson City Mint issue: "As is evident by the large number of examples seen at auction in the last 15 years, the 1872-CC double eagle is scarce but available. This must be qualified by condition, however, as most of the coins seen are Very Fine or Extremely Fine. High-grade examples are very rare. The population data for About Uncirculated condition are greatly inflated by resubmissions. The resubmissions have resulted in the seven or eight coins that have been designated as Mint State in recent years."
This brilliant yellow-gold piece is sharply defined with excellent surfaces for the grade. The usual scattered marks on each side are kept to a minimum. In fact, we are unsure why it was only certified as MS60. Census: 5 in 60, 7 finer (4/08).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26AE, PCGS# 8964)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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