Florida United Numismatists is set to host its 11th annual Summer FUN
convention at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from July 6 to
8, with Heritage offering the official auctions of the convention.
More than 50 Carson City Mint Coronet double eagles will be offered
as part of The Reno Cache — newly obtained from foreign holdings
including banks — presenting an unusually large and comprehensive
offering of Carson City Mint gold coins. The finest among the six
1874-CC double eagles are two that are each graded About Uncirculated
58 by Professional Coin Grading Service and bear a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker indicating quality within the grade.
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Most of the 115,085 double eagles struck at the Carson City Mint in
1874 enjoyed moderate to heavy circulation, and most known survivors
grade Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated, with low-end Mint State
examples occupying the very top end of the grade.
On the first of the two AU-58 CAC examples offered in Heritage’s
July 6 Premier Session, the description reads, “The pleasing
orange-gold surfaces retain significant amounts of original mint
luster and show the expected number of minor contact marks for the
grade.” On the next, Heritage observes, “This near-Mint example has
dusky steel-blue toning on the high points that is characteristic of
original, uncleaned pieces stored in vaults for many decades.”
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For those collectors of more modest means, the sale also offers an
1874-CC Coronet double eagle graded AU Details, Bent, by Numismatic
Guaranty Corp. The bend is seen at the back of Liberty’s head, but the
coin is described as “an otherwise wholesome Carson City twenty with
natural surfaces and attractive mint luster still in evidence on both sides.”
A nice group of Indian Head gold $3 coins will also be presented,
including an 1885 example graded Mint State 63 by PCGS. It comes from
a low mintage of just 801 examples that were seemingly produced with
care by the Philadelphia Mint. Many exhibit prooflike surfaces — so
much so that Heritage records that many nice Mint State 1885 Indian
Head $3 coins have been sold as Proofs over the years.
The auctioneer adds, “This impressive Select specimen offers sharply
detailed design elements throughout, and the pleasing orange-gold
surfaces show only minor signs of contact.”
It is the second lowest mintage of any regular issue gold $3 piece,
and while there are rarer issues in the series, it carries a certain
mystique due to its very low mintage.
Another gold $3 piece of note is an 1886 issue graded PCGS Proof 64+
Deep Cameo that is among the finest known of perhaps 90 surviving
examples from an original mintage of 142.