||1889-CC $20 AU53 NGC. CAC. Variety 1-A. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The small Carson City Mint, fueled largely by silver ore from the Comstock Lode, was closed in March 1885, shortly following the presidential election of anti-silver Democrat, Grover Cleveland. Strong lobbying from Western mining interests eventually allowed the mint to be reopened in 1886, but it only operated as an assay office until July 1889, shortly after Benjamin Harrison, a silver supporter, took over the Executive branch and allowed coinage to resume. Only silver dollars and double eagles were produced in the latter half of 1889, and both issues are understandably popular among specialists. This example of the double eagle exhibits rich honey-gold patina and unusually smooth surfaces. 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 @ $75.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4406.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.