Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1223 — U.S. Postal History and U.S. Gold Coins

Sale Date — Fri, 5 Jun, 2020

Leave Absentee BidsLIVE INTERNET BIDDING
*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid will be added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers are responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid you agree to the terms and conditions of sale.

Category — $20 Double Eagles (Carson City) — Lots 9007 to 9030

Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Obverse
Lot 9007 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Reverse
Lot 9007 Reverse
Lot 9007
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1874 - CC
PCGS #: 8971
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 34406418
CDN CPG® Value: $4,750
Estimate: $3,000
Minimum Bid: $2,400
Condition Notes  
Brilliant semi-reflective surfaces with significant original luster, very minor marks and overall a strong AU53 – in fact, this is superior to the other 53s we surveyed in auction records, many of which have significant marks, which are absent from this piece
Commentary  
The 1874 Carson City Double Eagle was this mint’s first significant release. The large mintages in 1874, 1875 and 1876 are attributed by numismatic scholars to the availability of gold from the Comstock Lode in these years (Goe). Unlike other years, few have come from the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Obverse
Lot 9008 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Reverse
Lot 9008 Reverse
Lot 9008
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1874 - CC
PCGS #: 8971
Grade: XF 45 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 11837201
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,400
Minimum Bid: $1,900
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with traces of original luster around stars on obverse and in much of reverse, two prominent hairlines on face but otherwise fewer marks than usual for this Circulated grade
Commentary  
The 1874 Carson City Double Eagle was this mint’s first significant release. The large mintages in 1874, 1875 and 1876 are attributed by numismatic scholars to the availability of gold from the Comstock Lode in these years (Goe). Unlike other years, few have come from the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Obverse
Lot 9009 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - CC, 8971, Reverse
Lot 9009 Reverse
Lot 9009
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1874 - CC
PCGS #: 8971
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4824910008
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,400
Minimum Bid: $1,900
Condition Notes  
Semi-reflective, especially on reverse, a couple of marks on cheek and under chin, otherwise quite better than usual for this Carson City year and grade
Commentary  
The 1874 Carson City Double Eagle was this mint’s first significant release. The large mintages in 1874, 1875 and 1876 are attributed by numismatic scholars to the availability of gold from the Comstock Lode in these years (Goe). Unlike other years, few have come from the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - CC, 8974, Obverse
Lot 9010 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - CC, 8974, Reverse
Lot 9010 Reverse
Lot 9010
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1875 - CC
PCGS #: 8974
Grade: VF 35 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36059916
CDN CPG® Value: $3,190
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Rich gold color and overall attractive appearance for this mid-grade 1875 Carson City Double Eagle
Commentary  
The 1875 Carson City Double Eagle is one of the most popular with collectors. The large mintages in 1874, 1875 and 1876 are attributed by numismatic scholars to the availability of gold from the Comstock Lode in these years (Goe).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1876 - CC, 8977, Obverse
Lot 9011 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1876 - CC, 8977, Reverse
Lot 9011 Reverse
Lot 9011
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1876 - CC
PCGS #: 8977
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3181087009
CDN CPG® Value: $3,500
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Deep honey-gold and strong strike, minimal friction marks including a couple in field to the left of profile
Commentary  
The Centennial Year 1876 Double Eagle was the last of the Type IIs produced at the Carson City Mint. 138,441 pieces were struck there. Expert numismatists estimate approximately 3,500-4,000 survive in all grades (Goe). Most of the higher grade pieces come from European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1877 - CC, 8983, Obverse
Lot 9012 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1877 - CC, 8983, Reverse
Lot 9012 Reverse
Lot 9012
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1877 - CC
PCGS #: 8983
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4876070001
CDN CPG® Value: $7,880
Estimate: $5,000
Minimum Bid: $4,000
Condition Notes  
Lovely satiny luster and minimal marks for this grade, pinkish hue at lower left of obverse add to this beautiful Carson City Double Eagle, much scarcer in AU53 or higher grades than other years
Commentary  
Beginning with the 1877 mintage, Chief Engraver William Barber modified the Double Eagle design, most significantly by spelling out the “TWENTY DOLLARS” denomination. The 1877-CCs were struck at a slower rate than the 1874, 1875 and 1876 mintages. The 1877 has a lower survival rate, and most are in Circulated mid grades.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Obverse
Lot 9013 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Reverse
Lot 9013 Reverse
Lot 9013
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1882 - CC
PCGS #: 8997
Grade: AU 55 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4656070006
CDN CPG® Value: $5,620
Estimate: $3,500
Minimum Bid: $2,800
Condition Notes  
Fantastic Mint State appearance with brilliant light yellow-gold luster on both sides, a few minor bag marks apparently kept this from a higher grade, but this is really superior to all of the AU55s we surveyed in auction record photos
Commentary  
39,140 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1882. Most circulated on the West Coast, but a quantity of those shipped overseas were recovered in the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Obverse
Lot 9014 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Reverse
Lot 9014 Reverse
Lot 9014
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1882 - CC
PCGS #: 8997
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 37895647
CDN CPG® Value: $4,380
Estimate: $2,800
Minimum Bid: $2,200
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold surfaces with areas of reflective luster in the more protected areas, especially on obverse, slightly darker patina on high points, from The Fairmont Collection
Commentary  
39,140 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1882. Most circulated on the West Coast, but a quantity of those shipped overseas were recovered in the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Obverse
Lot 9015 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - CC, 8997, Reverse
Lot 9015 Reverse
Lot 9015
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1882 - CC
PCGS #: 8997
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4426708004
CDN CPG® Value: $3,810
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Greenish gold with wear more noticeable on the obverse than reverse, still an attractive and affordable example of this scarce Carson City Double Eagle
Commentary  
39,140 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1882. Most circulated on the West Coast, but a quantity of those shipped overseas were recovered in the European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Obverse
Lot 9016 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Reverse
Lot 9016 Reverse
Lot 9016
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - CC
PCGS #: 8999
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 25253235
CDN CPG® Value: $4,410
Estimate: $2,900
Minimum Bid: $2,300
Condition Notes  
Brilliant reflective surfaces on both sides of this fabled Carson City Double Eagle, sharp strike, there are scattered minor marks, but certainly a strong AU53 piece with Mint State overall appearance
Commentary  
The 1883 Carson City Double Eagle has a fairly high rate of survival (approximately 1,000 extant), considering that only 59,962 pieces were released. Some of this population was returned from the European bank hoards. Nonetheless, with its origin at the celebrated Carson City Mint, it is one of the more desirable Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Obverse
Lot 9017 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Reverse
Lot 9017 Reverse
Lot 9017
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - CC
PCGS #: 8999
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4244289004
CDN CPG® Value: $3,500
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with slight dark patina on higher points, two marks on nose and neck and across second "8" of year
Commentary  
The 1883 Carson City Double Eagle has a fairly high rate of survival (approximately 1,000 extant), considering that only 59,962 pieces were released. Some of this population was returned from the European bank hoards. Nonetheless, with its origin at the celebrated Carson City Mint, it is one of the more desirable Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Obverse
Lot 9018 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Reverse
Lot 9018 Reverse
Lot 9018
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - CC
PCGS #: 8999
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4518077002
CDN CPG® Value: $3,500
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with some dark patina on higher points, strong strike, no serious blemishes
Commentary  
The 1883 Carson City Double Eagle has a fairly high rate of survival (approximately 1,000 extant), considering that only 59,962 pieces were released. Some of this population was returned from the European bank hoards. Nonetheless, with its origin at the celebrated Carson City Mint, it is one of the more desirable Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Obverse
Lot 9019 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Reverse
Lot 9019 Reverse
Lot 9019
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - CC
PCGS #: 8999
Grade: VF 35 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 31878820
CDN CPG® Value: $2,940
Estimate: $1,900
Minimum Bid: $1,500
Condition Notes  
Briliant semi-reflective surfaces on both sides with attractive pinkish hue around year and in a few other places on both sides, wear justifies the VF35 grade, but for overall beauty and appearance, this piece is more desirable than many in higher Circulated grades
Commentary  
The 1883 Carson City Double Eagle has a fairly high rate of survival (approximately 1,000 extant), considering that only 59,962 pieces were released. Some of this population was returned from the European bank hoards. Nonetheless, with its origin at the celebrated Carson City Mint, it is one of the more desirable Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Obverse
Lot 9020 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - CC, 8999, Reverse
Lot 9020 Reverse
Lot 9020
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - CC
PCGS #: 8999
Grade: VF 30 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4444827006
CDN CPG® Value: $2,880
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Classic deep gold tone and typical wear of Carson City Double Eagle that circulated on the frontier, some black spots on reverse, an affordable example of the 1883-CC
Commentary  
The 1883 Carson City Double Eagle has a fairly high rate of survival (approximately 1,000 extant), considering that only 59,962 pieces were released. Some of this population was returned from the European bank hoards. Nonetheless, with its origin at the celebrated Carson City Mint, it is one of the more desirable Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Obverse
Lot 9021 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Reverse
Lot 9021 Reverse
Lot 9021
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1884 - CC
PCGS #: 9001
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 82488942
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Overall honey-gold surface with hint of rose tone in places and slightly dark patina on high points, some wear and scattered blemishes
Commentary  
81,139 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1884, but were later melted. Of the pieces known today, most show circulation evidence to varying degrees.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Obverse
Lot 9022 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Reverse
Lot 9022 Reverse
Lot 9022
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1884 - CC
PCGS #: 9001
Grade: XF 45 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 24302179
CDN CPG® Value: $3,310
Estimate: $2,100
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Brilliant semi-reflective surfaces on both sides, strong strike, tiny blemishes and dark spot on obverse at base of bust, but appearance that transcends its XF45 grade
Commentary  
81,139 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1884, but were later melted. Of the pieces known today, most show circulation evidence to varying degrees.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Obverse
Lot 9023 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - CC, 9001, Reverse
Lot 9023 Reverse
Lot 9023
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1884 - CC
PCGS #: 9001
Grade: VF 25 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 37821993
CDN CPG® Value: $2,940
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Classic deep gold tone and typical wear of Carson City Double Eagle that circulated on the frontier, an affordable example of the 1884-CC
Commentary  
81,139 Double Eagles were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1884, but were later melted. Of the pieces known today, most show circulation evidence to varying degrees.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1889 - CC, 9011, Obverse
Lot 9024 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1889 - CC, 9011, Reverse
Lot 9024 Reverse
Lot 9024
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1889 - CC
PCGS #: 9011
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4630990023
CDN CPG® Value: $4,250
Estimate: $2,800
Minimum Bid: $2,200
Condition Notes  
Beautiful satiny rose-gold luster, tiny spot on face and a few negligible marks, but overall an extremely attractive example of the historic 1889-CC
Commentary  
Following the election of Grover Cleveland in 1884, his anti-silver administration suspended all coin mintage at Carson City. After Benjamin Harrison’s election, Carson City began minting silver and gold coins again in 1889. Of the 30,945 1889-CCs released, numismatic experts estimate the 4% to 5% survive (Goe).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Obverse
Lot 9025 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Reverse
Lot 9025 Reverse
Lot 9025
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 - CC
PCGS #: 9014
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4000921003
CDN CPG® Value: $3,620
Estimate: $2,400
Minimum Bid: $1,900
Condition Notes  
Brilliant semi-reflective rose-gold surfaces, although there is slight wear as is to be expected in the AU53 grade, the marks are scatered and negligible, wonderful eye appeal
Commentary  
In 1890 a relatively large number of Double Eagles were minted at Carson City – 91,209, the fourth highest total for all years. It is no secret that a large portion of the surviving pieces – approximately 3,300-3,600 (Goe) – are in excellent condition, since many came from the European bank hoards, including virtually all of the About Circulated and Mint State coins.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Obverse
Lot 9026 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Reverse
Lot 9026 Reverse
Lot 9026
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 - CC
PCGS #: 9014
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4244376003
CDN CPG® Value: $3,620
Estimate: $2,400
Minimum Bid: $1,900
Condition Notes  
Beautiful luster with small areas of dark patina, somewhat noticeable “bearclaw” mark on cheek, nonetheless an attractive About Uncirculated piece
Commentary  
In 1890 a relatively large number of Double Eagles were minted at Carson City – 91,209, the fourth highest total for all years. It is no secret that a large portion of the surviving pieces – approximately 3,300-3,600 (Goe) – are in excellent condition, since many came from the European bank hoards, including virtually all of the About Circulated and Mint State coins.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Obverse
Lot 9027 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Reverse
Lot 9027 Reverse
Lot 9027
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 - CC
PCGS #: 9014
Grade: AU 50 Service: NGC
Identification #: 1884390006
CDN CPG® Value: $3,310
Estimate: $2,100
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with dark patina on high points, some dark spots on cheek and scattered marks, but a solid AU50 example of this desirable Carson City Double Eagle
Commentary  
In 1890 a relatively large number of Double Eagles were minted at Carson City – 91,209, the fourth highest total for all years. It is no secret that a large portion of the surviving pieces – approximately 3,300-3,600 (Goe) – are in excellent condition, since many came from the European bank hoards, including virtually all of the About Circulated and Mint State coins.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Obverse
Lot 9028 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Reverse
Lot 9028 Reverse
Lot 9028
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 - CC
PCGS #: 9014
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3644022006
CDN CPG® Value: $3,120
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Brilliant semi-reflective luster with hints of rose-gold, sharp strike, slight wear and scattered marks make this an XF45 grade, but the brilliance of this coin deserves attention
Commentary  
In 1890 a relatively large number of Double Eagles were minted at Carson City – 91,209, the fourth highest total for all years. It is no secret that a large portion of the surviving pieces – approximately 3,300-3,600 (Goe) – are in excellent condition, since many came from the European bank hoards, including virtually all of the About Circulated and Mint State coins.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Obverse
Lot 9029 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - CC, 9014, Reverse
Lot 9029 Reverse
Lot 9029
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 - CC
PCGS #: 9014
Grade: VF 35 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36173947
CDN CPG® Value: $2,940
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Deep rose-gold luster, numerous tiny marks, but far better than the typical Circulated 1890-CC
Commentary  
In 1890 a relatively large number of Double Eagles were minted at Carson City – 91,209, the fourth highest total for all years. It is no secret that a large portion of the surviving pieces – approximately 3,300-3,600 (Goe) – are in excellent condition, since many came from the European bank hoards, including virtually all of the About Circulated and Mint State coins.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1892 - CC, 9020, Obverse
Lot 9030 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1892 - CC, 9020, Reverse
Lot 9030 Reverse
Lot 9030
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1892 - CC
PCGS #: 9020
Grade: MS 61 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 84104212
CDN CPG® Value: $12,000
Estimate: $8,000
Minimum Bid: $6,000
Condition Notes  
Lustrous surface with slightly darker patina across high points, minor bagmarks with a couple of hairlines, but no distracting blemishes
Commentary  
Most of the 27,265 1892-CCs released were exported. Bowers estimates 800-1,200 survive with 150-225 in Mint State (most from the European bank hoards)
Copyright 2020. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy