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    1882-CC Double Eagle, Frosty MS63
    One of Three Top-Graded Examples
    The Second We Have Seen in 27 Years

    1882-CC $20 MS63 PCGS. Variety 1-A. The spike in front of Liberty's eye and the die line above LAR in DOLLARS confirm the scarce attribution. Carson City coinage ranks among the most popular collecting areas in American numismatics. The facility's Western heritage, its fabled place in the development of the frontier, and its short period of operation from 1870 to 1893 contribute to its enduring popularity. Double eagles bearing the CC mintmark represent the pinnacle of Carson City coinage, and those in Mint State are particularly sought-after.

    The 1882-CC is a Type Three issue with a low mintage of 39,140 coins. Surely, there lower-mintage productions from this branch mint, most famously the 1870-CC and subsequent issues from the early 1870s, but the 1882-CC compares favorably to those struck during the mid-1870s and even the 1883-CC and 1884-CC. It is certainly scarcer than the collectible 1890-CC.

    Despite a cache of 1882-CC and 1883-CC double eagles that have trickled in from overseas in recent years, this issue remains elusive in high grades. Most of the coins offered have been XF and AU representatives, with a handful of lower-graded Uncs in the mix. According to our Permanent Auction Archives, which were established in 1993, we have only handled a single MS63 example in 27 years. That coin appeared as part of our November 2005 Dallas Signature sale, lot 2468, where it realized $69,000.

    This example is every bit as impressive as that Select Uncirculated offering. Every element of the design is tack-sharp; there are no areas of softness to mention. The reverse displays moderate contrast between the partially frosted motifs and semireflective fields. Light yellow-gold surfaces are clean with little more than superficial grazes. There are remarkably few abrasions for a Carson City twenty. A major condition rarity and a fantastic opportunity for serious Nevada mint enthusiasts. Population: 3 in 63, 0 finer (8/20).
    From The Maurice Storck Collection. (Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26BF, PCGS# 8997)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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    The Confident Carson City Coin Collector
    by Rusty Goe

    The Carson City Mint’s celebrated legacy — replete with landmark achievements, setbacks, mysteries and tall tales — is covered in exacting detail in Goe’s three-volume set.

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