The 2021-CC Morgan Dollar (Buy on eBay) certainly drew the most attention of the five coins produced in the series. Dealers reported higher demand for the “CC” coin above and beyond the other issues in part because of the allure for collectors to once again collect a coin featuring the beloved “CC” mint mark. The last “CC” Morgan Dollar to have been struck was back in 1893. The 2021 Carson City privy mark Morgan Dollar outsold all other options in the secondary market and continues that trend today. This is certainly a special coin worthy of adding to any U.S. collection.
Although the historic Carson City Mint in Nevada, which issued what are probably the most popular Morgan Dollars in the 19th century, has not been operational since 1893 to strike legal tender coins, when the new Morgan Silver Dollar program was created, it included provisions to strike coins with “CC” privy marks.
The privy mark appears on the coin’s reverse side under the wreath that is below the eagle and was issued as a tribute to this legendary coining facility near where the famous Comstock Lode was located. The 2019 legislation for this program that did not become law included a provision to have the Mint transport a coin press from the Mint in Philadelphia to the Carson City Mint that is now a museum so that coins could be struck there with the “CC” mint mark. But the economics and logistics of doing that proved not to be feasible, so the Mint instead went with the privy mark as a compromise.
Carson City Privy Mark
On the coins, the “CC” privy mark appears within raised ovals with the original mint mark on top. Although this approach was criticized by some collectors because the coins were not actually struck in Carson City, in the end these coins turned out to be among the most coveted of the 2021 Silver Dollars with some of the highest retail premiums.
This coin was one of the first two to go on sale on May 24 with a household order limit of ten coins when it became “currently unavailable” within 25 minutes with initial sales of 174,235 and final sales of 173,787 after accounting for order reconciliations and returns. Many buyers reported having problems placing orders that day, which led the Mint to pause sales and restrict the order limit from 10 coins to 3 coins.
Sales briefly reopened on December 14 when 8,912 of the “CC” coins were offered for sale, selling out again very quickly.
In terms of secondary market values, the 2021-CC has been one of the strongest performers. NGC currently values examples graded MS70 at $300 and MS69 coins at $200. 37,715 coins were graded MS70 there as of May 11, 2022, while 3,806 were graded MS69.
PCGS lists the coin with modern commemoratives and values MS70 examples at $310 and MS69 coins at $200. 15,458 coins have been graded MS70 there as of May 11, 2022, while 3,414 were graded MS69.
2021-CC Mintage and Specifications
- Mintage: 173,787
- Mint Mark: CC (Carson City privy mark)
- Composition: .999 fine silver
- Weight: 26.73 grams
- Diameter: 38.1 millimeters