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Record Coin Prices for CAC Approved PCGS/NGC Coins at GreatCollections

GreatCollections is the leading auction house for CAC approved certified coins. We currently have 1,284 CAC approved PCGS/NGC coins in our auctions available for bidding.


CAC coins typically sell for premium prices. The premium can range from just a few percent to more than 50% depending on the coin issue, grade and rarity. Generally speaking, classic gold coins and early silver bring the largest premiums with CAC approval. Even common date Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles sell for big premiums. At the time of writing this, common date Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles graded PCGS/NGC MS-66 sell around the $2100 mark. The same grade/grading service with CAC approval regularly sells in the $3350-$3850 range.


These are just some of the CAC-approved certified coins we have auctioned at GreatCollections. We have sold over 60,064 CAC approved graded coins since 2011 at GreatCollections. All of our CAC coin auction prices are public record and we maintain a Complete Auction Archive, which is searchable by coin denomination, series and even grading service/grade. GreatCollections offers free coin appraisals. For more information, please contact us.



CAC Record Coin Prices
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1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS-67 CAC (Toned) (Ex. Jack Lee, Coronet)
The Ultimate Morgan Silver Dollar. The 1893-S silver dollar has the lowest mintage of all Morgan Dollars issued between 1878 and 1921, and it is universally considered the key to the series in all grades. This particular example is the finest known by two full grade points (and we consider the coin is still conservatively graded). When you first see the coin in-hand, you don't even consider it could be an 1893-S, due to the superior quality and eye appeal, not to mention the pristine fields and strong strike. It never touched the inside of Morgan dollar bag, nor was it housed in a paper bank roll back in the day. We picture the coin being struck by a careful Mint employee in San Francisco and handled with cotton gloves from that point forward. This 1893-S has a long history in the world of coins, mostly with the numismatic family of Cornelius Vermeule, who himself, acquired it at the time of mintage, before passing through generations of the same family until it was finally sold by a New York firm for a record-breaking $414,000 in 2001. The coin was auctioned uncertified/raw, which is hard to believe in today's market for such a high value and important piece and was acquired by Morgan dollar expert Jack Lee. Counting the Vermeule family as one, there has only been four owners of this coin since it was minted almost 130 years ago. GreatCollections is privileged to auction this historic coin, which we repeat is the ultimate Morgan dollar. It is certain to set a new record when the bidding ends on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Sold $2,086,875.00
($1,855,000.00 hammer)
August 29, 2021
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Unique 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. Large Head Gold Twenty Dollar PCGS AU-50 CAC (Ex. Carter Collection)
Excessively rare 1855 $20 Wass, Molitor & Co. Large Head Twenty Dollar, (K-8a). PCGS AU-50 CAC. Unique. One of only four known Large Head Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar coins, and unique by variety. It is the only example approved by CAC. Listed in A Guide Book of U.S. Coins, commonly referred to as the Red Book, as a unique variety. When this coin last sold in 2014 it was discovered that unlike the other three examples known, it used the reverse die of the Small Head Wass Molitor Twenty. The other three used a slightly different reverse die. This specimen is essentially the only collectable Large Head Wass Molitor double eagle available to collectors. Of the other three known specimens, one is in the Smithsonian Institution, one was stolen in the Willis H. DuPont robbery of 1967 and its location is unknown at this time, and the third was also stolen in 1967 from the Yale University collection but is believed to have been recovered. An 1855 $20 Large Head Twenty Dollar has appeared at public auction only seven times since 1896, including this appearance. Of those seven appearances, six are of this coin. The lone auction appearance of a different Wass Molitor Large Head Twenty occurred in 1929 in the Thomas Elder sale of the Lawrence collection, lot 1406, where it realized the sum of $7,000. To put that into perspective, the Lawrence sale also included the following lots: an 1855 Kellogg $50 in choice proof at $2,150 (14 known) and an attractive AU $20 1860 Clark Gruber Mountain Twenty at $900 (10-12 known). Until the 1929 Lawrence sale of the 1855 Large Head Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar, the previous record price for any coin, was the sale of the Stickney example of the Brasher Doubloon in June of 1907 by Henry Chapman for $6,200. This auction record stood for twenty-two years until it was bested by the Wass Molitor Large Head Twenty Dollar at $7,000 in 1929! The same Brasher Doubloon sold recently for $9.36 million at the Partrick auction by Heritage in January 2021. The Wass Molitor Large Head Twenty Dollar has been missing from nearly every major collection of pioneer gold including: Zabriskie, Garrett, Nygren, Eliasberg, Kaufman and Beck. This example is Ex: Carter 1984. Ex: Hayes (1896), Virgil Brand, Roach (1944), Geiss (1947), Amon Carter (1984), Riverboat (2014), Colorado Native (2014 to present).
Sold $568,125.00
($505,000.00 hammer)
August 15, 2021
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1885 Liberty Gold Double Eagle PCGS Proof-66+ DCAM CAC
The single finest example graded by PCGS with CAC approval.
Sold $394,999.88
($351,111.00 hammer)
September 05, 2021
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1857-S Three-Dollar Gold Piece S.S. Central America Shipwreck PCGS MS-67 CAC (Gold Foil Label)
Single finest known example by two full points, and the only CAC approved 1857-S $3 in any Mint State grade. Perhaps the most important single coin to be recovered from the famous shipwreck. This was exhibited at the Philadelphia 2018 ANA as part of an extraordinary group of high quality coins recovered by the S.S. Central America shipwreck.
Sold $367,875.00
($327,000.00 hammer)
August 29, 2021
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1864 Liberty Gold Eagle NGC Proof-65 UC CAC
Aside from being GC's millionth coin auction, this important Civil War proof is the single finest CAC approved example known for the date.
Sold $298,125.00
($265,000.00 hammer)
June 27, 2021
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1907 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle MCMVII. High Relief, Flat Edge PCGS MS-67 CAC
From the Catskill Collection.
Sold $288,000.00
($256,000.00 hammer)
July 19, 2020
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1879 Four-Dollar Gold Piece Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-65 DCAM CAC
Sold $236,250.00
($210,000.00 hammer)
November 11, 2018
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1879 Four-Dollar Gold Piece Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-65 CAMEO CAC
From the Catskill Collection.
Sold $226,126.12
($201,001.00 hammer)
July 26, 2020
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1879 Four-Dollar Gold Piece Flowing Hair Stella NGC Proof-65+ UC CAC
Major rarity, superb Ultra Cameo that ranks in one of the strongest Ultra Cameo that we've seen. CAC approved.
Sold $222,187.50
($197,500.00 hammer)
April 26, 2020
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1895 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS Proof-67+ CAMEO CAC (Toned)
The King of Kings! A fresh to market king of Morgan Dollars - 1895 Proof - which last traded in 1960 for just $500. The coin was recently graded for the first time by PCGS. Superb original toning. This example would be the ultimate centerpiece for a top Morgan Dollar collection.
Sold $205,312.50
($182,500.00 hammer)
April 07, 2019
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1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime LM-10 PCGS MS-67 CAC (Pogue Collection) (Toned)
World class rarity, destined for an important collection or type set. Although there are two other examples graded MS-67 by PCGS, this present coin is widely regarded as the finest, with superior eye appeal, original luster and toning. This coin sold in 2004 (presumedly to Pogue) for $161,000 as part of the Frog Run Farm Collection, and was also featured in the 2015 Pogue auction where it realized $176,250
Sold $201,137.62
($178,789.00 hammer)
November 22, 2020
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1895 Liberty Gold Double Eagle PCGS Proof-65 DCAM CAC (Pittman Collection)
Sold $199,687.50
($177,500.00 hammer)
January 17, 2021
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1909 Lincoln Cent V.D.B. PCGS Proof-67+ RD CAC
Sold $194,062.50
($172,500.00 hammer)
July 26, 2020
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1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 Gold, Round PCGS MS-65 CAC
Sold $184,500.00
($164,000.00 hammer)
June 06, 2021
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1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime LM-10 PCGS MS-67 CAC (Pogue Collection) (Toned)
World class rarity, destined for an important collection or type set. Although there are two other examples graded MS-67 by PCGS, this present coin is widely regarded as the finest, with superior eye appeal, original luster and toning. This coin sold in 2004 (presumedly to Pogue) for $161,000 as part of the Frog Run Farm Collection, and was also featured in the 2015 Pogue auction where it realized $176,250, and was more recently sold by our firm last year for almost $200,000.
Sold $180,000.00
($160,000.00 hammer)
April 25, 2021
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1793 Chain Cent AMERICA PCGS AU-50 BN CAC OGH (1st Gen)
From the Ultimate Collection of Rattlers and Old Holders.
Sold $171,562.50
($152,500.00 hammer)
January 19, 2020
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1857-S Liberty Gold Eagle S.S. Central America Shipwreck PCGS MS-64+ CAC (Gold Foil Label)
The single finest known example. This was exhibited at the Philadelphia 2018 ANA as part of an extraordinary group of high quality coins recovered by the S.S. Central America shipwreck.
Sold $165,937.50
($147,500.00 hammer)
August 29, 2021
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1856-S Indian Princess Gold Dollar S.S. Central America Shipwreck PCGS MS-65+ CAC (Gold Foil Label)
The single finest known for the date at both grading services. This was exhibited at the Philadelphia 2018 ANA as part of an extraordinary group of high quality coins recovered by the S.S. Central America shipwreck.
Sold $162,562.50
($144,500.00 hammer)
August 29, 2021
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1776 Continental Currency CURRENCY, Pewter Double Struck NGC MS-64 CAC
From the Sedona Collection Part IV. Newman 2-C CURRENCY Variety. All Continental Dollars are rare, and those in superb Mint State condition infrequently appear on the market. This particular example was double struck and can be seen on the reverse label containing WE ARE ONE. CAC approved. Exceedingly rare.
Sold $154,687.50
($137,500.00 hammer)
August 26, 2018
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1946 Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS-68 CAC
A completely fresh-to-market 1946 Walker, the single finest graded by PCGS.
Sold $149,062.50
($132,500.00 hammer)
June 27, 2021
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1879 Four-Dollar Gold Piece Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63 CAC
Sold $144,100.00
($131,000.00 hammer)
April 09, 2017
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1857-S Liberty Gold Half Eagle S.S. Central America Shipwreck PCGS MS-66 CAC (Gold Foil Label)
Single finest known example. This was exhibited at the Philadelphia 2018 ANA as part of an extraordinary group of high quality coins recovered by the S.S. Central America shipwreck.
Sold $146,251.12
($130,001.00 hammer)
August 29, 2021
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1908-S Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle PCGS MS-66+ CAC
Sold $144,562.50
($128,500.00 hammer)
July 25, 2021
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1852 California Gold $50 U.S. Assay Office 887 PCGS AU-55+ CAC
Recently graded for the first time, purchased by the consignor's family in New York City during the 1950s. Amazing eye appeal, with originality rarely seen on territorial gold pieces. The finest CAC-approved to ever appear in auction.
Sold $140,625.00
($125,000.00 hammer)
March 21, 2021
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1895 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS Proof-67 CAMEO CAC (Toned)
From the Catskill Collection.
Sold $138,937.50
($123,500.00 hammer)
July 26, 2020