The first of three choice, original examples of this date and, unlike the other two, seen with some semi-prooflike flash below deep green-gold and orange hues. This piece has some minor discoloration at the CA in AMERICA (probably from storage) and is a bit more abraded than the next two.
This totally original Gem Slider is about as close to Mint State as you can get and it is more attractive than many 1890-CC double eagles that I have seen in MS60 and even MS61 holders. The surfaces are lightly marked, nominally rubbed and frosty. Really a nice example and perfect for the type collector who wants one very appealing CC double eagle for his set.
CAC has approved seventeen examples of this date in AU58 with a dozen finer.
One of a small group of original "Euro" examples of this date that I recently purchased (along with the PCGS AU55 listed above and the PCGS AU58 listed below) and a coin that sure seems like it should be graded as a full AU58. NGC's conservative grade is your gain as you get a coin with the look of an AU58 at a discount. The color and surfaces are as original as you can find on a CC double eagle and coins like this have become very, very hard to find in today's market.
CAC has approved 25 1890-CC double eagles in AU55 with 29 finer. It is not known how many AU55+ examples have CAC approval.
A solid coin for the grade and one which, unlike most CC eagles in MS60 holders, is really new. This example has good luster with very rich mint frost clearly seen below light rose and yellow-gold color. The 1890-CC is many times scarcer than the 1891-CC yet it commands less than a 2x premium in the lower Mint State grades. This affordable example is perfect for the new collector who wants a high grade Carson City eagle but who wants to avoid the ubiquitous 1891-CC.
Very lustrous for the grade with scattered ticks on the obverse and reverse. It has become very hard to find appealing PCGS-graded CC double eagles for less than $3,500 and this piece has the added benefit of a CAC sticker. A goodd coin for the beginning double eagle collector.
Lustrous and nicely toned with some reddish-gold color on the obverse and deeper, more extensive hues at the lower reverse. For the grade, this piece is very clean and wholesome with minimal wear and the appearance of a full AU58. This is a perfect type coin for the collector who wants a single common date but very cosmetically appealing CC double eagle for his set.
CAC has approved 24 in AU55 with another 27 higher than this.
The "Achilles heel" for many new collectors when it comes to CC double eagles is marks. It is hard for them to buy these coins because they tend to have marks. Lots and lots of marks. But if a markophilic collector is patient a clean CC double eagle can be found now and again. And this piece is clean. Really clean. The satiny yellow-gold surfaces are nearly free of marks, the strike is razor sharp and the naked-eye appearance is more suggestive of an AU58 than an AU55.
Most examples of this date are extremely abraded and this piece, with its nice natural color, is far cleaner than usual. The cosmetic appeal and affordability of this 1890-CC double eagle makes it a perfect coin for the new collector who wants a pleasing piece for less than $3,000.
If you were going to select an issue that would make the best Type Three type coin from the CC mint, the 1890-CC would be a great candidate. It isn't scarce but it isn't the most common date either. It tends to be better made than other dates from this era and it has nice color on the few occasions it is found with natural unadulterated surfaces. This lustrous slider is semi-reflective with pleasing rich orange-gold color that is contrasted by deeper highlights. There are a few scrapes seen on the fields and the neck of Liberty but the amount of actual wear is very slight. An MS61 example of this date that is CAC-quality will cost you at least $10,000-11,000 and I'd rather save the amount you'd spend on this AU58 and use it to buy another coin as well.
CAC has approved fourteen examples in AU58 with a dozen higher than this.