||1893-CC $5 MS64 NGC. CAC. Variety 2-A. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Half eagle production at the Carson City Mint reached 60,000 pieces in the final year of the facility's operation, a rather substantial total for the mint in general, but nonetheless a significant decline from the years immediately preceding. These coins circulated extensively in late-19th century Nevada, and Mint State survivors are among the most popular Carson City-issued half eagles in the series; finding an example at the Choice grade level is difficult. NGC and PCGS combined have certified only 11 pieces in this grade (seven and four coins, respectively), and only four MS65 pieces have been graded numerically finer, all at NGC (8/14). This is a fully struck example, with honey-gold luster that yields to vivid coppery-orange overtones near the borders. The coin is splendidly preserved with a smooth reverse and just a few nearly microscopic ticks on the obverse. This piece represents a rare and important opportunity for the advanced Carson City gold specialist. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $25.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $30550.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.