1884-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-60 (PCGS). Handsome deep honey-orange surfaces exhibit modestly semi-reflective qualities in the fields, the finish otherwise frosty in texture. The strike is sharp to full over virtually all design elements, the eye appeal uncommonly strong at the basal Mint State grade level. Only 81,139 double eagles were coined at the Carson City Mint in 1884 (equal to $1,622,780 in face value). Although most known examples are circulated, hundreds of Mint State coins also exist. Many were shipped overseas for payments that required gold. Q. David Bowers said that these first started to appear in returns from foreign bank holdings beginning around 1950. His 2004 <em>Guide Book of Double Eagles</em>, published by Whitman, gave a high end estimate of 500 pieces for the Mint State population. This is a generous population by Carson City Mint double eagle standards, although the popularity of both the Liberty Head series and this fabled frontier era coinage facility with specialized collectors means that demand for examples such as this far outstrips supply.