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: $5.68 (10/6/2015)
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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Total Graded: 46
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
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 2085 $33,350.00
4/27/2011 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3691 $2,185.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3244 $48,875.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3865 $2,350.00
3/10/2015 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1248 $940.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 CC 50C MS
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Grade: VG Details
Points: 1044
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
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