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.
Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon firm specializing in choice and rare United States gold coinage, recently sold an outstanding 1796 Eagle graded AU58 by PCGS and approved. The price was in excess of $100,000.
The impetus behind this article was a nice PCGS VG10 1864-S eagle which I recently handled. As I was writing this coin up, I got to thinking that I had handled an uncommonly large number of very low grade examples of this date…