1872-CC $20 AU53

CERTIFICATION#: -4551
PCGS#: 8964

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In July 2006, American Numismatic Rarities offered a cancelled obverse die from an 1872-dated Double Eagle, speculating that it may have come from the Carson City Mint because of a "C" stamped on the shank.  Two other Liberty Head $20 obverse dies have appeared on the market:

1877, attributed to the Carson City Mint, sold in 2002 for $23,000

1882, attributed to the San Francisco Mint, sold in 2001 for $20,700

David Akers (1975/88): Compared to the other Double Eagles from the Carson City Mint, the 1872-CC is only moderately rare, ranking 8th out of the 19 issues in terms of overall rarity. However, in terms of condition rarity, it ranks behind only the 1870-CC and 1871-CC and in the top 10% of the entire Double Eagle series. Nearly all 1872-CC twenties grade only VF of EF and it is very difficult to locate a strictly graded AU. A few average quality (60) uncs are known but I have never personally seen a choice or gem mint state piece.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 26,900 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 402 R-6.1 3 / 31 TIE 27 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 2 / 31 17 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade Rusty Goe, 9/2010 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11041, $161,000
2 MS60 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade