Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 62,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.38 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 CC 50C MS obverse 1878 CC 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Under the provisions of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, the government was obligated to purchase between two and four million ounces of newly mined silver each month. This was the basis for the heavily produced Morgan dollar, which was primarily minted to turn all this silver into coin form. As a result, the focus of the mints turned to producing Morgan dollars, and it stayed there for the next 10+ years. In 1878, two major rarities were created in the half dollar series because of the diversion away from subsidiary coinage to the new dollars: the 1878-CC and the 1878-S. Both were low mintage issues, the Carson City coin only had 62,000 pieces struck, while the S-mint had even fewer with a mere 12,000 halves produced.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1878 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1050 1450 2450 3000 3900 3900 6500 7300 8500 11500 13000 14750 17000 22500 36000 51500 - - - - -
$ 4300 7100 8000 9250 12500 14000 15750 18500 25000 40000 56500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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9/11/1996 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 0875, 875/Lot# 1600 $999.00
1/5/2011 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3810 $2,530.00
1/3/2012 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3596 $1,092.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3155 $11,040.00
1/8/2014 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9052 $763.75
2/27/2014 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3527 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36669587410811393208724172699287529853140323838174935608970778153149202133231004457631
475754943118516242197251127572911303631723431418953196418743510408170572455635923457630
00000025112757291130363172343141895319641874351040817057245563592300
00000026052816294830883205362445625704674777941266419194277804084300
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Grade: VG Details
Points: 437
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
 
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