David Akers (1975/88): After the famous 1870-CC, the 1871-CC is the rarest Double Eagle from the Carson City Mint. Compared to all other twenties, the 1871-CC ranks in the top 15% of the series in overall rarity and it is tied for first place in rarity according to average grade. Few dates in the series come generally worse than the 1871-CC. The 1871-CC is like the 1870-CC in that respect. Max Humbert tells me that in the 1960's when he was regularly receiving rare gold coins from Europe via Paul Wittlin, he handled a borderline Unc. 1871-CC.That coin is by far the finest I have heard of and it may well be the finest known.
Ed Shapiro, 1978 - unidentified private collection - Superior 1/1988:4414 - David Akers “Auction '88” 7/1988:977 - Eastern collector - various dealer intermediaries - Universal Coin and Bullion, 2000 - unidentified private collection - Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2372 - Heritage 8/2004:7586 - Heritage 4/2008:2500 - Rusty Goe, 4/2008 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11040, $322,000