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    1871-CC Double Eagle, AU55
    Strong Eye Appeal

    1871-CC $20 AU55 NGC. Variety 1-A. This is the second year of production at the Carson City Mint, and this date is the second rarest, behind the 1870-CC, a date that is in its own league. Two obverse dies were paired with a single reverse die to coin 17,387 double eagles during the year in Carson City. Variety 1-A, offered here, is seen more frequently than Variety 2-A. About 80% of 1871-CC double eagles are from the 1-A die marriage.

    Likely all 1871-CC double eagles entered circulation at the time they were issued. The few surviving Mint State pieces did so as a matter of chance at there were few, if any, contemporary collectors in the West with any desire to preserve examples. The Condition Census at PCGS Coin Facts identified two Mint State coins, five AU58 examples, and a small number of AU55 grade coins. PCGS has certified 10 coins graded AU55, and one each in AU58, MS60, and MS61. NGC has certified a remarkable MS64, three as MS61, one MS60, 18 AU58, and 28 AU55 coins (11/19)

    Accordingly, this example likely ranks among the top three dozen examples known of the date. Deep green-gold color retains evidence of reflective fields. Both sides have wispy rose overtones with a few minor abrasions but no marks worth noting individually. Carson City specialist and author Rusty Goe may have been examining this coin when he commented: "Of the surviving 1871-CCs extent, few are inspiring, although there are several AU55 and AU58 examples which possess higher than average eye appeal."
    From The Key Coin Collection. (Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 26AB, PCGS# 8961)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
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