1879-CC Capped Die Morgan Dollar PCGS MS65

Rare CC $1

A Top 100 Variety. The Capped Die 1879-CC dollar has long been known, but decades ago, they were shunned by collectors who thought something was not quite right about the mintmark area. Scholarship has made great strides since those days, and now the so-called Capped Die coins are worth a premium in the better grades of Uncirculated. The one offered here is noticeably lighter, as well as more lustrous and appealing, than seen in our drab images. The PCGS population is only 11 with 5 (barely) higher, as all of the latter are 65+ examples.

Offered at $41, 750 delivered

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1883-CC Morgan Dollar PCGS MS68

Tied for Highest Graded 

Late in 1962, the coin collecting hobby was turned upside down when the U.S. Treasury began releasing silver dollars through banks and directly to collectors and dealers. Few Carson City dollars were among those pieces distributed in the 1960s. A decade later, the government’s G.S.A. again put the coin collecting hobby in a frenzy with the sales of Carson City dollars. The Carson City Mint produced 1.2 million Morgan dollars in 1883, and most of those coins remained in storage for several decades until they were released through the GSA sales of CC Morgans in the 1970s.Those coins were transported and stored loosely in bags of 1,000 coins each, so few were preserved in ultra-high grades. PCGS has certified more than 46,000 submissions of the 1883-CC since they began operations in 1986. Of all those coins they have examined, only six pieces have been graded MS68, and none higher. The one offered here is frosty and virtually white, with exceptionally well-preserved surfaces.

Offered at $67,850 delivered

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1878-CC Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

Scarce CC $20 Lib.

Double eagle production at the Carson City Mint declined drastically in 1878, when a meager mintage of 13,180 pieces was accomplished. The coins were released into circulation and fulfilled their intended purpose admirably in the hard-money economy of the western United States. The 1878-CC is one of the scarcest issues of the Carson City series today, both in terms of total number of coins known and high-grade rarity.

Offered at $14,950 delivered

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1871-CC Liberty Eagle NGC AU53

A Rare CC $10 Lib.

The Comstock Lode is famous for its vast yield of silver ore, yet gold was found in abundance as well. In 1871, a large amount of gold was taken from Comstock, although most of it went to the San Francisco Mint. Carson City received a mere 25% of the gold output. South America was the beneficiary of some 1871-CC eagles, although most of the 8,085-piece mintage circulated in local commerce. Few Mint State pieces were saved or otherwise preserved, with just three Uncirculated examples shown on the combined NGC and PCGS population reports.

Offered at $19,275 delivered

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1878-CC Liberty Eagle NGC XF40

Rare $10 from Carson City

While Philadelphia and San Francisco saw ten-dollar gold coinage production surge in 1878, the opposite happened in Carson City. There,  output instead, slipped to just 3,244 pieces. Over the past 20 years or so, the number thought to be extant has risen slightly from an estimated 45 to 55 pieces, to a higher number of 60 to 75 coins. Heritage has auctioned just a single (PCGS) XF40 example in the past ten years.

Offered at $17.825 delivered

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1876-CC Liberty Double Eagle PCGS MS61

Tough One (Twenty, Actually)

The 1876-CC Liberty double eagle claims the largest mintage of the series, at 138,441 pieces. Surprisingly, it’s not the most available CC-mint twenty in today’s market, and the issue was virtually unobtainable in high grade before a hoard of several dozen examples surfaced in the mid-1990s. Like most Type Two double eagles, the 1876-CC is seen much more often in circulated grades than Mint State, but a number of Mint State examples exist, and they are quite popular with branch mint type collectors.

Offered at $10,350 delivered

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United States Mint Celebrates Carson City Mint Sesquicentennial

U.S. Mint Press Release February 4, 2020

CARSON CITY, NV – United States Mint Director David J. Ryder today joined officials of the state of Nevada and representatives of the Nevada State Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first coin produced at the Carson City Mint.

Director Ryder reflected on the facility’s legacy: “The Carson City Mint holds a special place in the United States Mint’s history. Some of our most beautiful coins were produced here, including the iconic Morgan Silver Dollar, which is still popular with collectors today. I am proud to acknowledge the people who worked here and the important role the facility played in the community.”

An Act of Congress established the Carson City Mint in 1863 to address the coinage needs brought about by the discovery of the Comstock Lode. The facility operated from 1870 to 1899 and produced gold and silver coins, including dimes, twenty-cent pieces, quarters, half dollars, Trade dollars, Morgan dollars, five-dollar gold pieces, ten-dollar gold pieces, and twenty-dollar gold pieces. From 1899 to 1933, the building served as a United States Assay Office for gold and silver. The building was sold to the state of Nevada in 1939.

Ryder joined Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Lt. Governor Kate Marshall, Congressman Mark Amodei, State Treasurer Zach Conine, Mayor Robert Crowell, Nevada State Museum Director Myron Freedman, and History Curator Robert Nylen to celebrate this milestone.

The event kicked off with the symbolic opening of the historic front doors of the Carson City Mint and the ringing of the Mint Bell by Director Ryder. Additional highlights included the ceremonial striking of a Nevada State Museum .999 fine silver medallion on the historic Coin Press 1, which struck the first “CC” mint mark coin in 1870. A lecture program, buffet lunch reception, and cake cutting rounded out the celebration.

About the United States Mint
Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

1875-S/CC Trade Dollar NGC MS64

Scarce, Glistening “Trade”

Type One Reverse. Many collectors are unaware there are two varieties of S/CC Trade dollars from 1875. This is the more frequently encountered one and the variant that is much easier to see with the second C widely spaced from the S. Most collectors opt for this variant for the very reason of its visibility, not to mention the extreme rarity of the other variety and need for a high-powered loupe. After the S/CC was first discovered in 1965 it was quickly noticed just how scarce it was in better grades. It is much scarcer than the 1875 S-mint or the CC-mint, especially in strictly Uncirculated condition. In hand, this specimen exhibits obvious cartwheel luster on each side. Tied with one other for highest graded by NGC.

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1879-CC Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS60

This 79-CC Rarity is no Dollar!

The 1879-CC Liberty double eagle is an elusive issue, from a small mintage of 10,708 pieces (the second-lowest double eagle mintage of the 1870s from the mint in Carson City). Traditionally, the 1879-CC was thought to be even more elusive than it is today, but a small hoard of examples surfaced in the 1990’s, to augment the meager supply. Most of the hoard coins were in the XF-AU grade range, so the issue remains very rare in Mint State condition. The NGC population is only 5 with 6 higher.

Offered at $57,500 delivered

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1879-CC Morgan Dollar NGC MS65

Flashy Gem, Super Popular Morgan

For practical collecting purposes, none of the Carson City issues in the Morgan dollar series are particularly difficult to acquire in circulated condition, although the 1889-CC is far more expensive than its counterparts. Cross over into Mint State and little changes, although a few dates become noticeably more challenging to locate in eye-appealing condition. Among these is the 1879-CC. This is the second-scarcest issue in Uncirculated condition overall, and in MS65, only the 1889-CC and 1893-CC are rarer. The 1879-CC, in high grade, is sometimes referred to as “the other Carson City key.” The one offered here is sharply detailed and flashy, with highly desirable semi-prooflike fields. Only 9 have been graded higher by NGC.

Offered at $22,450 delivered

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