1871-CC $20 AU55 Certification #12020298, PCGS #8961

Owner's Comments

Rusty Goe Southgate Coin

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1871-CC $20 is decidedly rare and it ranks as one of the most popular dates in the series.  Among the Carson City $20's, it is second only to the legendary 1870-CC.  Collectors will have a tough time finding an 1871-CC $20 in AU or better conditions.  In Mint State, the 1871-CC is exceedingly rare.  Of the three MInt State examples certified thus far (November 2018), the finest is the NGC MS64 from the former Battle Born Collection.  That coin exceeds the next best example by a full four points.

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.


34.00 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
33.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 215 R-6.8 2 / 31 16 / 148 TIE
All Grades 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 4 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 estimated grade

Ed Shapiro, sold privately in 1978 - Superior 1/1988:4414 - David Akers “Auction '88” 7/1988:977 - Universal Coin and Bullion, sold privately in 2000 - Bowers & Merena 6/2002:2372, not sold - Heritage 8/2004:7586, $230,000 - Heritage 4/2008:2500, $414,000 - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 4/2008 - Battle Born Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11040, $329,000

2 MS60 PCGS grade MS60 PCGS grade

Old West CC Collection

3 AU58 PCGS grade  
	AU55 PCGS grade

AWA Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 AU58 estimated grade

Duquesne Collection - Heritage 8/2015:4471, $111,625

3 AU58 estimated grade