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Obverse of 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar


1889-CC SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 7190, 7191, 97191

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 350,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: George T. Morgan

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "CC" (for Carson City) beneath the bow on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

From Superior Stamp and Coin's 2000 ANA Midwinter Sale

Notes:
The 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the rarest and most desirable dates in the entire series.  Uncirculated examples are rare and expensive; Gems are extremely rare.  Prooflike examples appear just as frequently as non-Prooflikes, but they usually fetch a handsome premium.  The typical Uncirculated grade is MS-62, followed by MS-63 and MS-62, in that order.  The finest examples graded by PCGS are a single MS-68 (a full three points ahead of the next lowest grade - a single MS-65), 3 MS-64 Prooflikes, and 20 MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflikes.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-68.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 336, illustrated, sold for $529,000.00  From the Jack Lee silver dollar collection.  Previously from the Bowers and Merena sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, April 1997, Lot 2280.  Formerly from the S.H. and Henry Chapman sale of the John G. Mills Collection, April 1904; J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6508, plated, unsold  From the Gary Wolkwitz Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3043, sold for $21,850.00

PCGS MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2107, illustrated, sold for $46,000.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3656, illustrated, sold for $26,450.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8361, illustrated, not sold

MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6926, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6509, plated, unsold

MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2108, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00

PCGS MS-62 PL.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1100, illustrated, sold for $9,487.50

ANACS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3657, illustrated, sold for $8,740.00

ANACS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 379, unsold

ANACS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6507, plated, sold for $7,187.50

SEGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1101, illustrated, not sold

MS-60.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3658, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 729, sold for $4,140.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6325, illustrated, sold for $5,175.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1102, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00

AU-58 Scratches.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6925, illustrated, not sold

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1562, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 986, illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

"About Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:619, $6,900.00

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3660, illustrated, sold for $2,242.50

AU-50 Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6924, not illustrated, not sold

AU-50 Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6923, not illustrated, not sold

AU-50, harshly cleaned.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3659, illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6506, plated, sold for $1,725.00

ANACS Cleaned AU Details, Net EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6324, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

EF-45.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6922, not illustrated, not sold

EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6503, not illustrated, sold for $1,276.50

EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6504, not illustrated, sold for $1,293.75

ANACS EF-40.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 730, sold for $805.00

EF Cleaned.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 731, sold for $517.50

EF-40 Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5637, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

EF-40 Whizzed.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6921, not illustrated, not sold

EF-40  Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6920, not illustrated, not sold

EF-40.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6919, not illustrated, not sold

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1564, sold for $575.00

NGC VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6323, not illustrated, sold for $506.00

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 500, sold for $517.50

VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5787, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

ANACS Net VF-30, EF Details, Cleaned, Rim Damage.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6502, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

Net VF-30, Damaged.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 988, illustrated, sold for $414.00

ANACS VF-25.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6501, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

VF-25.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 987, illustrated, sold for $776.00

ANACS VF-20.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8360, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

VF-20, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5786, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

ANACS Fine 15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 501, sold for $276.00

Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 544, not plated, sold for $322.00

ANACS Net Fine-15, VF Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6500, not illustrated, sold for $287.50

VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2109, not illustrated, sold for $172.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service