1874-CC Double Eagle, NGC AU55. 1874
marked the first year that double eagle production rose
above 100,000 coins at the Carson City Mint. The fabled
facility in Nevada struck a total of 115,085 double
eagles that year, most of them being in superior quality
compared to the previous years.
This is the first double eagle from the Carson City
Mint that is seen with some frequency. An estimated
number of 2,000 pieces exist in all grades, mostly
EF to AU. In Mint State it remains to be a true rarity
and pieces finer than the present coin are seldom
encountered. This is one of only a couple of issues
from the Carson City Mint that make a type two double
eagle from this Mint somewhat affordable, although
they remain scarce and always in demand.
Gold coins from the Carson City Mint are always in
demand, and during the last couple of decades prices
have not come down as other series have. This makes
the coins to be perfect investor coins, coupled with
the fact that there is always a special story to tell
about them. The Carson City mint brings up memories
of the old wild west, and 1960’s television
series by most people.
The present coin, certified by NGC as AU-55 looks
AU-58 to us. Only the slightest wear is seen on both
sides, but coupled with the slightly weak strike at
the centers made NGC think otherwise. This weak strike
however, is common on these gold coins and does not
take away anything from its value. Dark yellow gold
color on both sides, which exhibit near full luster.
A totally original coin, with nice surfaces and only
the usual bag marks visible from transportation out
of the Carson City era by horse and wagon.