As observed by Guth,“The typical 1893-CC Dollar shows excessive bagmarks and sometimes comes weakly struck in the centers, as evidenced by flat hair over Liberty's ear and flat feathers on the eagle's breast. Gem 1893-CC Dollars are very rare, more so than the 1879-CC and 1889-CC.…” This example is clearly an exception to the comments on abrasion and striking, and is of the highest quality. At the time it was certified it was, if not the finest known, one of the top three. It was part of the astonishing William Spears Collection of Carson City Morgan dollars, of which every specimen was included in the PCGS “World’s Finest Morgan Dollars” Tour; a rare accolade, considering the other great collectors who loaned their coins. The insert bears the “PCGS Tour” provenance. Clearly, one of the finest known specimens, and with splendid provenance.
Certificate number: 6271768 (Generation 3 holder). The PCGS census records grading examples some 8,000 times, of which fourteen have been deemed of comparable grade, and a single MS 66 finer. The NGC site records a similar proportion of the 4,000 they have certified, and again a single MS 66 is the finest. As noted above, at the time this example was certified it was the single finest known; joined prior to October 1992 by two additional examples. (02-18)
This coin published: John Highfill, The Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, 2017 (2nd ed.), pp. 413; 426; 1299 (this piece illustrated).
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