1870-CC $20 XF45

CERTIFICATION#: -4545
PCGS#: 8958

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: The Smithsonian example is a 45/50 coin, and very attractive for the grade.David Akers (1975/88): Without question this is one of the rarest and most famous of all Double Eagles. It is by far the rarest CC-Mint twenty and it is surpassed in overall rarity among all regular issue Liberty Heads only by the 1861 Paquet, the 1856-O, and the business strikes of 1882 and 1886. The 1870-CC is similar in rarity to the 1854-O and business strikes of 1881 and 1885 and just a little less rare than the proof-only 1883 and 1884. From the standpoint of condition rarity, the 1870-CC is one of the rarest, if not the rarest, dates in the entire series. I have never seen a full AU and the typical 1870-CC is only F or VF with a heavily bagmarked, prooflike surface. Q. David Bowers ahs written that ha handled a mint state 1870-CC many years ago and so that specimen is undoubtedly the finest known example of this rare date by a considerable margin.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 3,789 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 41 R-8.6 1 / 31 5 / 148
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU53 PCGS grade  

Doug Winter - Nevada Collection - Universal Coin and Bullion, sold privately in 1999 - Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2371, not sold - Heritage 1/2004:3129, $368,000 - Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 3/2014:30435, $411,250

2 AU50 PCGS grade  

Lee Minshull and Casey Noxon - James E. Haldan Collection - Sotheby's 6/1996:146 - Universal Coin & Bullion - Heritage 4/2014:5821, $305,500

2 AU50 PCGS grade  

Usibelli Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5541, $329,000

2 AU50 PCGS grade  
2 AU50 PCGS grade