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Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned CC Set - 41st

Current Statistics
Rank

41
GPA with Top Bonuses

64.680
GPA Weighted

64.680
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

64.680
Retired Statistics
Rank

41
GPA Weighted

64.680
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

64.680

About This Set: What is it about the CC cartwheels that has inspired so much interest? The Carson City Morgans have always been an alluring group, rich with history and great fun to collect. Many of them came to the public through the GSA releases, and some of those coins exhibited distinctive rainbow bag toning, often with a matte finish, and sometimes with untoned speckles scattered across the toned areas. Other examples have creamy luster. Interestingly, only one 1889-CC was found in all the GSA releases, but it is not a particularly attractive coin. Finding a nice original toned '89-CC is nearly impossible! By contrast, we are particularly pleased with the beautiful '79-CC in this set. This group is a subset of Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Collection.

Sunnywood's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Toned CC Set

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1878-CC 7080 1878-CC $1 MS66 326 47 34047
The unusual patchwork of green and rose colors on this coin are likely the result of end-of-roll toning. This coin is the best of four examples of the date we have owned thus far, but we are always searching for the "perfect" example that marries technical quality with beautiful obverse color. In forming the Sunnywood Collection, we had the good fortune of being able to "cherrypick" four collections that had been formed over a period of many years preceding. This coin was from one of those collections; it was one of a select group of beautifully toned coins acquired from fellow collector Dale Larsen.
1879-CC 7086 1879-CC $1 MS65 96 13 11616
An important date that is rarely found with beautiful toning, this coin features a lovely rainbow of subtle yet distinctive pastel hues intensifying near the left obverse rim. Exceptional quality and eye appeal, and seemingly deserving of a higher grade. Easily among the very finest survivors of this key issue. Heritage, Dallas Signature Sale (12/10/04:1232); previously offered at ANR, Classics Sale Baltimore (3/10/04:1188).
1880-CC 7100 1880-CC $1 MS66 841 139 1105198
A beautiful example of crescent rainbow bag toning, which is the result of another silver dollar lying on top of a portion of the obverse of this coin during years of bank-vault storage in the original Mint burlap bag. The covered portion of the obverse remained untined, while the exposed portion developed the colorful toning seen here. On this coin, the bands of tan, blue and yellow are narrow, while the red-orange band broadens to dominate the toned area. The crescent is also placed in the most desirable location: on the obverse, and lighting up Miss Liberty's face with color. Combine this with frosty lustrous premium gem Carson City surfaces, and you get a winner suitable for inclusion in this set. Ex Jason Stevens.
1881-CC 7126 1881-CC $1 MS66 1548 430 1637439
A monster bag-toned example of this classic date from the GSA sales of Cqarson City Morgan dollars. This coin features beautiful rich obverse toning, including an area of classic emerald green. We have never seen a more attractive '81-CC. Note the interesting ghost image of a piece of canvas thread under Miss Liberty's chin and on her neck, caused by a thread from the Mint bag canvas fabric lying across the surface of the coin for decades while the coin toned. From Mike DeFalco (Numismatic Enterprises).
1882-CC 7134 1882-CC $1 MS66 1371 246 1592272
Classic rainbow bag toning graces the obverse of this Carson City dollar. Whereas album toned coins follow the thin-film interference color progressoin radially from the centers outwards, bag-toned Morgans often exhibit a somewhat linear trajectory of the color progression across the surface of the coin. In this case the lowest degree of toning occurs at about 9 o`clock on the obverse, and the colors progress thence left to right across the surface, moving from amber and burgundy tones, through the cyan and lemon yellow, and into magenta with a bit of blue-green at the extreme right perimeter. A bit of mottling in the toning, easily seen in the left field, is typical of GSA CC dollars. From one-time toned dollar dealer Jason Stevens.
1883-CC 7144 1883-CC $1 MS67 203 17 21417
This superb gem CC dollar features strong coral and peach toning covering much of Miss Liberty's portrait, with a lovely mélange of teal blues and greens mixed with sunset yellow, gold and orange hues in the surrounding areas. A treat from Anaconda Rare Coins.
1884-CC 7152 1884-CC $1 MS66 1847 376 2138404
This is a really beautiful rainbow-toned CC dollar, whose rainbow palette is lighter and more attractive than the typical GSA rainbow CC dollars. GSA toners from the Carson City mint often exhibit a dull matte finish, muted colors, and speckled toning breaks. The overall appearance of this example is significantly prettier than the usual GSA examples, coupled with high gem-grade surfaces. From ANR, Allison Park Collection (8/15/04:700); previously seen at Goldberg, Long Beach Sale (1/04:2692).
1885-CC 7160 1885-CC $1 MS66 1169 230 1276248
A spectacular '85-CC, this coin features 100% obverse rainbow bag toning with prominent textile dots echoing the weave pattern of the burlap Mint bag in which it was stored for decades undisturbed. The combination of high grade, 100% toning coverage, emerald green, and textile dots makes this the most desirable '85-CC we have ever seen. Ex Heritage, FUN Signature Sale (1/15/05:11566), as ICG MS67; previously in the superb personal collection of toned Morgan dealer Jim Curtis of Estate Coin Company.
1889-CC 7190 1889-CC $1 MS62 101 127 187232
One of the "big five" toughest dates in the series, the 1889-CC is generally impossible to find with attractive original color. Most uncirculated '89-CC are untoned, and almost half of those are prooflike, which would not fit the "look" of the Sunnywood Collection. We were fortunate to locate a true mint state survivor with legitimate peripheral blue and russet album toning. Earlier sold as "Choice BU" in a Stack's auction during the early 1990's, this coin would seem to merit an MS63 designation. From our friend Ron Karp of New York Gold Mart.
1890-CC 7198 1890-CC $1 MS65 349 46 39550
Along with the Carson City issues of 1889 and 1893, the 1890-CC is quite difficult to find with interesting color. Conversely, the 1891 and 1892 dollars from the same Mint seem to be more easily located with colorful toning. This example sports mint green and orange toning, quite beautiful despite some thumbprint traces and toning breaks. From the superb Michael Casper Collection; Michael Casper Rare Coins.
1891-CC 7206 1891-CC $1 MS65 682 73 72580
An attractive CC dollar toned with early sunset hues. Careful study reveals areas of faintly discernible textile toning dots on the obverse, as well as a more prominent stripe of "thread toning" that traverses the obverse horizontally where a thread of burlap lay across the coin's surface within the mint bag. Ex Bowers and Merena, Mandalay Bay Sale (10/28/04:472); Mike DeFalco (Numismatic Enterprises).
1892-CC 7214 1892-CC $1 MS66 26 5 265
This is a simply superb example of this tough late Carson City issue. Although bettered by just two MS67's, this coin earns its celebrity status due to its stunning color. This was the first '92-CC to be graded PCGS MS66. In fact, it was the first to be graded above MS65 by any major grading service. The gorgeous and colorful toning graces both sides above highly lustrous and extremely clean surfaces and a solid strike. It was part of famed Morgan dealer Bill Spears' "Greatest CC Set of All Time" and the PCGS Tour set, a collection of the finest known Morgans that was displayed at coin shows during the 1990-1991 season (although it was replaced midstream in the Spears and Tour sets by one of the then newly graded white 67's, and is therefore not plated in Highfill). Featured in the NFL Set, the Michael Casper Collection, and the Arno Collection, we are pleased to add this superstar '92-CC to the Sunnywood Collection. Heritage, FUN 2009 (1/9/09:5009). Ex Bill Spears; PCGS Tour; Gregg Bingham ("NFL Set"); Michael Casper; Arno Collection.
1893-CC 7222 1893-CC $1 MS63 1114 652 1139656
This is not the highest-graded '93-CC that we could find, but the multi-colored end-roll toning on this piece is simply amazing for the date. Lime green, azure and pale orange areas are highlighted by splashes of red, blue and orange. From the Bowers & Merena "Kingswood" Amador Sale (6/10/04:450).