Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $10 (1838-1907)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 3,244
Catalog: KM-102
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7180g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $601.67 (10/22/2014)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 CC $10 MS obverse 1878 CC $10 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though in 1878 our nation's mints were busy producing their premier Morgan silver dollars, they managed to make time and facilities available to increase gold coin outputs. The Philadelphia Mint increased its half eagle output from 1,152 pieces in 1877 to more than 131,000 pieces in 1878, while that same mint augmented eagle emissions from 817 pieces in 1877 to nearly 74,000 pieces the following year. San Francisco boosted its eagle production from 17,000 coins in 1877 to more than 26,000 examples in 1878. The challenged Carson City Mint, however, saw its mingy 1877 eagle production of 3,332 coins plummet even further in 1878, to 3,244 coins.

The Carson City Mint opened over considerable objection and opposition in Washington and elsewhere in 1870, theoretically with a mission to coin the local gold and silver mined from the Comstock Lode, mitigating the necessity for precious metal shipments to San Francisco for coinage. In practice, however, the transportation and assay costs were favorable for San Francisco compared to Carson City. Bullion deposits at Carson City dropped, not only for that reason, but also because less and less gold was pulled from the earth nearby via the Comstock Lode. While 1873 saw record-high gold deposits exceeding 5 million dollars, by 1878 those gold deposits had decreased to $737,720 (Goe, The Mint on Carson Street).

Goe (2003) estimates the overall survival rate at 2%-2.5% in all grades combined.

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


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1878 CC $10 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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5/5/2000 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7769 $3,105.00
11/7/2003 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7674 $17,250.00
1/7/2004 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 2204 $14,375.00
7/27/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2071, 2071/Lot# 2232 $15,400.00
9/19/2005 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2507 $6,325.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 11028 $80,500.00
5/25/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 192851 $7,205.00


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NGC Registry Score 1878 CC $10 MS
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Base2272239725292665386248625764647370637411788181678598904695129995104951101411552121091268613283
2313244125743064419551626000666971797567797683108747920196731016110668111931173712301128850
000000600066697179756779768310874792019673101611066811193117371230100
000000623668667295772480718454889693569834103281084111372119231249300
1878 CC $10 MS Prooflike
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Base23862516265227944030506259916720732676838166845989029362983910334108471137911930125001309113701
24292561269932064374537162346922744578448263860690559521100041050511024115621212012697132940
0000006234692274457844826386069055952110004105051102411562121201269700
0000006477712475648005836187549208968010169106761120111746123101289400
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