1889-CC $20 MS61 Certification #09865676, PCGS #9011

Owner's Comments

Allen Rowe - Northern Nevada Coin

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1889-CC is neither one of the rarest issues from the Carson City Mint nor is it one of the most common. It is right in the middle of the pack, similar overall to the 1877-CC, 1882-CC and 1892-CC. When available, the 1889-CC can be in any grade from VF to AU and average quality uncs, while certainly very scarce, are also seen from time to time. Choice mint state specimens are rare and gems are very rare.

Ron Guth

It's time (2016) to take another look at the 1889-CC $20.  The PCGS Population Report shows totals for all of the CC-Mint Liberty Head Double Eagles.  Where once the 1889-CC was considered "middle of the pack" in terms of overall rarity, it is now considered one of the most common dates among the CC Twenties -- the "most common" spot is now shared with the 1876-CC, the 1889-CC, and the 1890-CC.  The 1884-CC and the 1875-CC come close, but most of the other CC-Mint Twenties have considerably smaller populations.

As plentiful as the 1889-CC may be, it is difficult to find nice ones.  Most Mint State 1889-CC's are low-end Uncs., usually no better than MS62.  PCGS has certified a small number of MS63 examples, but only a single MS64.  The key to collecting this date is to seek examples that are as free of bagmarks as possible.

James Barton Longacre
34.00 millimeters
33.40 grams
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

65 or Better 1060 R-4.9 13 / 73 TIE 40 / 148 TIE
All Grades 197 R-7.0 16 / 73 72 / 148
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148
65 or Better 1060
All Grades 197
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-4.9
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 13 / 73 TIE
All Grades 16 / 73
60 or Better 1 / 73
65 or Better 40 / 148 TIE
All Grades 72 / 148
60 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #9011 (MS) 63

Heritage 2/2011:4656, $27,600

2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

	PCGS #9011 (MS) 63 
#2 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2011:4656, $27,600

#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade