The Carson City Mint began operations in 1870, with the production of quarters, half dollars, silver dollars, half eagles, eagles, and double eagles. Each of these have come to represent rarities within their respective series.
The 1870-CC Liberty Gold Eagle (Buy on eBay) had a mintage of 5,908 pieces, and local circulation took a heavy toll. It is estimated that around 70-80 pieces still exist across all grades, with no specimens known in mint state. This issue represents the second most valuable date of the series after the 1875 Gold Eagle. This status is driven both by its rarity and its popularity with collectors of Carson City gold coins and other specialists.
The highest graded 1870-CC Liberty Head Gold Eagles are a handful of pieces graded AU55 by PCGS and NGC. One such example graded by PCGS sold for the record price of $135,125 in 2014.
- Designer: Christian Gobrecht
- Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
- Weight: 16.718 grams
- Diameter: 27 mm
- Edge: Reeded