Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Nick Cheripka, Aug 27, 2019.
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MILLION extant BU examples, yet they still go for hundreds of dollars. Collectors see that CC mintmark and go crazy.
Half Eagles 1870
Mint Mintage VF-20
Phil 4,000 $700
CC 7,675 $8,500
S 17,000 $850
Probably lots of reasons, none of which I know
Numismatic value = Demand / Availability
I am really drawn to the Dahlonega mint mark and to a lesser extent the Charlotte one. The rest, I can take it or leave it depending upon how I feel about the individual coin. Perhaps if I were to visit the Carson City Mint, I'd feel differently, but it's just never been a high priority with me. I only own one piece of Carson City gold, a $5 dollar piece as part of an all mint $5 gold collection.
There are a few collectors drawn to those two mints and I can understand why.
Take Kentucky's example of the 1870 half eagle. The low mintage Philadelphia probably had a high survival rate so it is inexpensive, San Francisco had a high mintage so more of them survived, but the CC had a mid range mintage and a low survival rate so there are few examples still around today and the price is high.
I do have to admit that I searched e-bay for a CC dime just to have one.
I completely understand why. Last year on my way home from a rock, gem, mineral and fossils show and sale I stopped by a coin shop. Not exactly user-friendly and it's over an hour from the house so I only stop when I go to the show but I have gotten a few nice buys there.
He had a CC Morgan, I forget the date, in his junk silver dollar pile. I was able to pick that one up for $17.00 so I was s happy camper. It's worn but it's nice and the CC is clear.
Would you be so kind as to educate me a little? My eye says the obverse looks cleaner than the reverse, would you concur? Was it the reverse die? The T in States and the O in of, die wear? Because obviously no circulation is evident. How about the dimple under the eagle's wing, looking at it straight on its the wing to my left.
My amateur eyes would lead me to believe these were all die related, is that correct?
Very well struck coin and amazingly clean fields. Especially considering the coin is 144 years old.
It's an MS-62 graded coin with funky color. One would expect some hits given that grade. You can't expect something that is "almost perfect" with no hits on any of the letters or fields until you get a Choice MS-64 graded coin.
I understand that, but my question is the cause of them. I certainly wasn't criticizing the coin, it's a GREAT coin, just questioning whether my assessment of the marks was correct or if it was something else. Just wanting to learn. Was it the die or something else?
Plus, without the magnification, those marks would all be hidden to my eyes.
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