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    1893-CC Morgan Dollar
    Branch Mint PR65+

    Branch Mint Rarity, About 12 Coins Struck
    The Carter Example

    1893-CC $1 Branch Mint PR65+ PCGS. Ex: Amon Carter-Simpson. The Carson City Mint finally closed its doors on June 1, 1893. Gold and silver deposits had been waning for years, and rumors swirled that the Nevada facility would be shuttered. When speculation became reality, Carson City Mint officials decided to mark the cessation of coinage production with a small striking ceremony. According to Wayte Raymond, 12 proof 1893-CC Morgan dollars were reportedly struck. Walter Breen clarifies in his Proof Encyclopedia that these proofs were "souvenirs given out at some ceremony associated with the closing of the mint."

    All known 1893-CC proof dollars were struck from the VAM-2 dies, which show a die chip on the right side of the 3 in the date between the loops, and the CC titled strongly to the right. According to "Late die stage specimens are particularly desirable as these are believed to be among the very last coins struck at the Carson City Mint. Twelve branch mint proofs are reported and were struck from a strongly re-polished stage of this marriage."

    PCGS reports 10 1893-CC branch mint proof grading events in non-Cameo, plus three in Cameo, while NGC lists seven non-Cameo submissions and three in Cameo. While those numbers are slightly higher than expected considering the reported mintage, it is almost certain that they merely reflect resubmissions and crossovers of the same coins.

    This Gem Carson City proof dollar is about as good as it gets, from its technical and visual quality to its impressive pedigree. The coin is a hands-down, no-questions proof that looks like it should have been made at Philadelphia. Flashy mirrors and partially frosted devices reside beneath original golden patina. The borders deepen to eye-catching shades of cobalt-blue and magenta. Virtually fully struck, with a touch of incompleteness over Liberty ear. As the Amon G. Carter cataloger aptly noted in 1984, this is "a most historic rarity." Population: 2 in 65 (1 in 65+), 1 finer in non-Cameo (6/20).
    Ex: Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection (Stack's 1/1984), lot 365; Regency Auction X (Legend Rare Coin Auctions, 12/2014), lot 284.(Registry values: P8)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27ZP, PCGS# 7347)

    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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