1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-64 DPL (NGC). An exquisite Choice Uncirculated example of this key date issue in the Carson City Mint Morgan dollar series. Untoned surfaces allow full appreciation of bold field to device contrast. The former areas are deeply mirrored in finish, while the latter are sharply impressed with a billowy satin to frosty texture. Minimally abraded, as befits the assigned grade, and sure to please even the most discerning collector of Morgan dollars and/or Carson City Mint coinage.The 1889-CC is the rarest Carson City Morgan silver dollar, handily outdistancing its two closest rivals, the 1879-CC and 1893-CC. Just 350,000 examples were struck between the resumption of coinage operations at Carson City in October 1889 and the end of that year. Given that this issue is scarce even in worn condition, few 1889-CC dollars seem to have found their way into circulation during the late 19th or early 20th centuries. Rarer still are Mint State survivors, most of which entered numismatic channels through limited distributions from federal holdings through the early 1960s, predominantly from the San Francisco Mint. Given its key date status and elusive nature at all levels of preservation, any 1889-CC silver dollar is greeted with considerable excitement when offered at auction. This particular example is among the finest known, with none certified finer by NGC in the Deep Prooflike category. Ex our March 2018 auction, lot 2236.