1872-CC $20 AU53 Certification #21492555, PCGS #8964
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.