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Collector Explains Assembly of 10-coin “CC” Type Set

Coin World, July 2, 2007 

With patience and a budget a hair shy of $8,450, says collector Michael D. Parrott, anyone can assemble a 10-coin type set of silver and gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint in Nevada.

 In the summer issue of Curry’s Chronicle, quarterly journal of the Carson City Coin Collectors of America, Parrott recounts how it took him just less than three years to assemble the type set.

Parrott originally budged his purchases for the type set at $8,000 before beginning his search, but had to increase the total a little to reach his goal.

Of the 10 coins, half were certified by either Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corp. or ANACS, with the remaining half raw (uncertified).

The coin with the lowest grade is a PCGS Good 6 1870-CC Seated Liberty dollar. Another coin is graded Extremely Fine 45, seven are certified About Uncirculated and one is graded Brilliant Uncirculated.

The first acquisition, in August 2004, according to Parrott, was an AU 1877-CC Seated Liberty dime, purchased for $170. The most expensive acquisition was $3,000 for an ANACS AU-50 1878-CC Trade dollar. The final acquisition came in March 2007 with a PCGS AU-58 1891-CC Coronet gold $10 eagle for $1,190.

All of the coins are housed in a customized Capital Plastics holder bearing an engraving of the Carson City Mint at the center with the coins positioned around the left, right and bottom sides.

In a separate article, Bill Olevitch details his experience in also assembling a type set of Carson City Mint coins covering all denominations. Olevitch’s set has some duplication of dates within the set while Parrott’s does not.

W. White examines the rarity of 1882-CC Coronet gold $5 half eagles and surviving Mint State 1890-CC, 1891-CC, 1892-CC and 1893-CC Coronet gold $5 half eagles.

Paul Sudmeier analyzes Carson City Mint Morgan dollars graded by NGC in General Services Administration holders from the 1970s.

Rich Kelly and Nancy Oliver relate premise contained in an article in the Aug. 6, 1879, edition of the Carson City Morning Appeal that inhaling the sulfuric acid fumes expelled from the smokestacks from the Carson City Mint was actually good for the health.

Otto Klay offers tips for coin photography.

Rusty Goe chronicles the seven superintendents who served the Carson City Mint from 1870 through 1893.

Membership dues cost $20 per year and should be sent to the club’s treasurer at CCCCOA, P.O. Box 18040, Reno, NV 89511.