1875-CC Eagle, MS60 One of Three Uncirculated Examples Former Bass Coin 1875-CC $10 MS60 NGC. Variety 2-B. With only 100 circulation-strike eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint in 1875 (plus 20 proofs) and without an emission from the San Francisco Mint, which abstained from the manufacture of ten dollar gold coins for the first time since it opened in 1854, collectors have no choice but to target an example of the 1875-CC -- a rarity in its own right with only 7,715 coins struck. Perhaps 100 to 120 examples survive in all grades, and only three are known in mint condition.
In 2001, Doug Winter ranked this 1875-CC eagle tied for first on the Condition Census with two other coins. Today, NGC shows this coin in MS60 plus one finer example in MS63, while PCGS has graded a single Uncirculated coin in MS62 (1/18). We have not be able to ascertain whether or not those two coins are new discoveries or merely examples Winter knew about in 2001 that have since upgraded.
When this coin was last offered at auction as part of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, the Bowers and Merena cataloger described it as follows: ""Lustrous, light yellow gold with coppery highlights around the periphery. Some prooflike surfaces remain. ... A superb specimen of this issue that usually comes heavily circulated."" Nothing has changed (except the grade -- upgraded from AU55 PCGS). Mint luster remains vibrant over lightly abraded, semiprooflike surfaces. Design detail is typically incomplete, but not as a result of friction. Another world-class Liberty Head ten dollar offering.
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