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    1889-CC Dollar, MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike
    Beautiful Cameo Contrast
    Carson City's Rarest Morgan

    1889-CC $1 MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PCGS. CAC. Ex: JCS Collection. The 1889-CC Morgan dollar is one of the issues that has made Carson City coinage as a whole uniquely popular among all of the mints. Low mintage and modern-day scarcity, combined with the Old West genealogy of the silver dollar denomination and the very branch mint that serviced much of the Western territories, create collector appeal that is possibly unmatched by any other date in the Morgan dollar series. Whether a person is assembling a circulated date and mintmark set, a Mint State Registry Set, or a short Carson City date set of Morgan dollars, the 1889-CC stands apart as a "stopper." In a Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, fifth edition, Q. David Bowers writes:

    "The 1889-CC dollar is one of the great keys in the Morgan series, and among Carson City issues it is far and away the most elusive. In comparison to the demand for them, examples are rare in all grades."



    The 1889-CC is a product of the political climate in the 1880s surrounding silver mining interests in the West. The Carson City Mint was established in March 1863, for the purpose of coining the gold and silver discovered in the Comstock Lode. However, ground was not broken for the building until 1866, and the facility did not become operational until 1870. Coinage of silver dollars in Carson City was trivial into 1873, despite local mining efforts of the ore. Silver bars were the chief form of silver refinement at the new branch mint in its early years. In 1873, with the authorization of the Trade dollar, Carson City began to strike large quantities of silver dollars.

    By 1885, the Trade dollar had given way to the Morgan dollar, or, the Bland dollar, as it was called at the time, after the name of Missouri Representative Richard P. Bland, one of the advocates of the legislation that created it. Coinage at Carson City of these silver "cartwheels" was steady through 1884, but in 1885, with the election of anti-silver man Grover Cleveland, coinage was suspended. Cleveland lost reelection in 1889 to Benjamin Harrison. The Harrison administration reopened the Carson City Mint for coinage, but production of silver dollars did not resume until October. With only the fourth quarter of the year left, coinage reached just 350,000 coins. The 1889-CC dollar was from then forward slated to become a key date in the series, and indeed it has.

    The present example is a beautiful Deep Mirror Prooflike coin in near-Gem condition. A number of surviving 1889-CC dollars are Prooflike, but few such pieces grade this fine numerically. This piece is conditionally rare, and no finer coins are reported in the Deep Mirror category. Yet, even in this grade this piece stands apart -- it is one of only three MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike coins with CAC endorsement. Both sides are sharp and well-preserved with only the faintest traces of golden toning. There is little to differentiate this coin from a Philadelphia proof -- it is cameoed on both sides, sharp, and mirrored. Even beneath a loupe, the fields appear like crystal or glass with only the most minute interruptions from trivial contact marks. A true highlight of this collection. Population: 17 in 64 (1 in 64+) Deep Mirror Prooflike, 0 finer. CAC: 3 in 64, 0 finer (7/19).
    From The Shucart Family (JCS) Collection of Morgan Silver Dollars. (Registry values: P9, N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2559, PCGS# 97191)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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