|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The March 2012 Baltimore Auction||Mar-2012||1871-CC Liberty Seated Dime. Fortin-101, the only known dies. AU-50 (PCGS). Lustrous medium silver-gray with lively retained luster and warm gold and royal blue highlights. Nicely struck with bold devices remaining. A tiny rim nick at 6 o'clock on the obverse is the only mark of consequence -- the surfaces hold up well to magnified scrutiny. A classic rarity in the series from the first year of Carson City Mint coinage in the denomination; just 20,100 pieces were struck and the typical survivor from that mintage is apt to be well-worn VG or so, with high-grade examples of the date but few and far between, and with many of the pieces known today impaired or rough throughout. Indeed, only a half dozen examples of this rarity have been graded finer than the present coin, a figure that includes just two Mint State pieces. Easily among the finest examples of this rare prize to come to market in recent memory, and certain to cause more than a casual stir once the bidding begins.
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
As noted above, here indeed is a highlight in early Carson City Mint numismatics. As a general rule of thumb, the silver and gold issues from 1870 through 1872 in all denominations are much harder to find than are certain later pieces.