1870-CC $10 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
8658
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Weight:
16.70 grams
Mintage:
5,908
Mint:
Carson City
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 66 R-8.3 13 / 117 TIE 28 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 117 1 / 183
Survival Estimate
All Grades 66
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.3
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 117 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 117
65 or Better 1 / 117
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 28 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 183
65 or Better 1 / 183

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade

Discovered in Europe in 1999 - Heritage Rare Coin Galleries 2/2000 - Doug Winter - Orange County Collection - Heritage 6/2000:7603, withdrawn - Pinnacle Rarities - Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1341, $115,000

1 AU55 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:2088 - Heritage 3/2005:7033 - Rare Coin Wholesalers - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 10/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11020, $126,500

3 AU53 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2179, $70,500

3 AU53 PCGS grade
5 AU50 PCGS grade AU50 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

5 AU50 PCGS grade
5 AU50 PCGS grade
5 AU50 PCGS grade
9 AU50 estimated grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 3/2014:30373, $135,125

9 AU50 estimated grade
9 AU50 estimated grade
#1 AU55 PCGS grade

Discovered in Europe in 1999 - Heritage Rare Coin Galleries 2/2000 - Doug Winter - Orange County Collection - Heritage 6/2000:7603, withdrawn - Pinnacle Rarities - Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1341, $115,000

#1 AU55 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:2088 - Heritage 3/2005:7033 - Rare Coin Wholesalers - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 10/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11020, $126,500

#3 AU53 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2179, $70,500

#3 AU53 PCGS grade
AU50 PCGS grade #5 AU50 PCGS grade

Ellen D Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Simpson Collection

#5 AU50 PCGS grade
#5 AU50 PCGS grade
#5 AU50 PCGS grade
#9 AU50 estimated grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 3/2014:30373, $135,125

#9 AU50 estimated grade
#9 AU50 estimated grade
Doug Winter: This is the rarest and most famous eagle from the Carson City mint. It is actually close in overall rarity to the highly-prized (and priced!) double eagle of this date/mint but it is less popular and still only valued at a fraction of its larger cousin. There were 5,098 struck and I believe that around 50 or so are known today. Most 1870-CC eagles are very well-worn as this issue, like nearly all the early gold pieces from this mint, saw considerable use in local commerce. Any 1870-CC eagle that grades Extremely Fine is quite rare and properly graded AU's are very rare with around a half dozen or so known to me. The finest 1870-CC eagle that I have seen is a PCGS AU55 (last sold as ANR 8/06: 1341) that brought $115,000 which is a record for this issue. Every example I have seen is heavily bagmarked and most are weakly struck on the hair along the face. Most have been cleaned or dipped and negative eye appeal tends to greatly impact this issue.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1870-CC is one of the two rarest Carson City Mint Eagles, comparable in overall rarity to the lower mintage 1879-CC. However, if one takes condition rarity into account as well as overall rarity, then the 1870-CC would be rated as the rarest Eagle from this Mint. In fact, only the famous Double Eagle of the same date surpasses the 1870-CC Eagle as the rarest of all Carson City gold coins. To the best of my knowledge, this very rare date is unknown in strictly uncirculated condition.