Skip to main content
Go to accessibility options


    Singular 1891-CC Ten Dollar
    A Carson City Gold Gem

    1891-CC $10 MS65 NGC. This is the only 1891-CC eagle in the combined certified population to earn an MS65 grade, and it is alone at the top, as none have been certified finer (8/10). While the 1891-CC has a reputation as the most available of the Carson City eagles in both circulated and lower Mint State levels, thanks to a total population that nearly matches all other CC-mint ten dollar dates combined, it is a condition rarity even at the Choice level, much less Gem. The survival of an MS65 example is the purest chance.
    Not only is this 1891-CC eagle an important condition rarity for its issue, it is also one of only two Gem or better pieces in the combined certified population for all Carson City eagle issues. The other is an MS65 1874-CC eagle, which was previously graded MS64 by NGC and called by Doug Winter in 2001 "The finest Carson City eagle of any date that I have ever seen." This 1891-CC example makes for a worthy companion and rival in the Gem tier.
    As for the coin itself, it is flat-out gorgeous. The obverse is frosty, offering subtle orange hints in yellow-gold fields that have bold cartwheels beneath a thin layer of storage patina. A few small dots of coppery alloy are visible along the rims. A handful of minor marks are all well away from the focal areas. The reverse is just as beautiful, perhaps a touch more orange-gold, with equally sharp devices and the prized Carson City mintmark. In short, this is an incredible Gem, the 1891-CC eagle that all others wish they could be.
    From The Dr. Mani and Kay Ehteshami Collection.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 266U, PCGS# 8720)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    View all of [The Dr. Mani and Kay Ehteshami Collection ]

    View Certification Details from NGC

    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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2010
    23rd-26th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 9,150

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Sep 24, 2010 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 April 27 - May 3 Central States World Coins Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    Due completely to Heritage's thoroughly diligent and professional management and promotion of the collection, the faraday Collection stirred national attention among numismatists and the auction results brought a gross value greater than that last estimated by the experienced collector.
    The Estate of David M. Faraday ,
    San Rafael, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search