Carson City double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The first tier—or what I like to call the Big Five—consists of the 1871-CC, 1878-CC, 1879-CC, 1885-CC, and the 1891-CC. If we assume that most collectors will never buy an 1870-CC due to its rarity and cost, these five issues are the keys to the set.
A year-set focuses on a specific year of issue and attempts to include an example of each date/mint combination. A year-set can be a somewhat random selection, or it can have numismatic/personal significance.
At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this blog, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins which I handled in March 2019.
The once-in-a-generation US coin collection being assembled by Dell Loy Hansen and David Lawrence Rare Coins gives students of rarity an unusual opportunity to determine the condition rarity of many issues.