1884-CC $5.00 NGC AU55 CAC

Only five half eagles were issued at the Carson City mint during the 1880's. Of these, the 1881-CC is the scarcest followed by the 1883-CC and the 1884-CC which are nearly similar in rarity. The 1884-CC is seen most often in grades below AU50 and properly graded Choice AU coins are very scarce. This is one of the few examples of this date that I have seen with natural color and choice surfaces as most are bright and very heavily abraded. Both sides show light, even wear with pleasing medium orange-gold color. There are far fewer marks than usual and the overall level of eye appeal is very high for the date and grade. As on all known examples of this date (which was struck with a single die pair) there is an interesting raised die line on Liberty's cheek. With Uncirculated examples seldom available and very expensive ($15,000-20,000+ for a decent example), I think this piece makes a lot of sense for the date or type collector.