Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 59,000
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1874 CC ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1874 CC ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though the change in weight established for minor silver in 1873 was far smaller than the alteration made in 1853, the Mint saw fit to use the arrows device once more to mark the new-tenor pieces. Carson City struck precious few coins with those arrows, particularly in 1874, it made only dimes and half dollars that year, both of which are highly elusive. Stated production for the latter denomination amounted to a mere 59,000 pieces, while the facility was far busier minting coins in 1874 than it had been in any prior year, most of those pieces were gold, and Trade dollars made up the bulk of the silver.

As Rusty Goe states in his The Mint on Carson Street, 'Choice to Gem Uncirculated specimens [of the 1874-CC half dollar] are prohibitively scarce,' and recent data from the PCGS Population Report confirms this, with just three MS64 listings and only two finer examples (3/09). Goe suggests that even these small numbers may be inflated by resubmissions, and even if they are not, the total '... does not come close to meeting demand. For it is safe to say that small crowds are waiting on the sidelines for every high grade specimen that enters the market.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1874 CC ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1700 2600 3300 5600 5600 7750 8350 9500 12000 17250 18250 23500 31000 59000 95000 - - - - -
$ 6000 8500 9000 10500 13250 18500 19750 25500 34000 69000 105000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 57
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64


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4/27/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4426


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8/18/2004 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6241 $4,600.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1455 $44,850.00
5/15/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3066, 3066/Lot# 1629 $3,795.00
6/1/2011 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3656 $2,760.00
10/7/2012 NGC G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 75536 $1,485.00
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 734, 743/Lot# 105 $26,500.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4295 $14,687.50
1/8/2014 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9042 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 CC ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36666392513031697219725852910358639524420469449355563624877049918175622522836829545911
4657501051143418632326269331353708410845114774514457916733844212466201172909542749545910
00000026933135370841084511477451445791673384421246620117290954274900
00000028013360383042644602485453536019721891801501422672329624867000
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