Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 16,980
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $445.18 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 CC $5 MS obverse 1872 CC $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In only its third year of operation, the Carson City Mint managed a respectable--if still small--mintage of 16,980 half eagles in 1872. Most specimens of this denomination found a ready market in circulation in the rough-and-tumble West of the era, and today the average certified survivor grades only VF30 or thereabouts.

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1872 CC $5 MS
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Base $ 1650 2150 2850 5250 10000 15500 25000 28400 37400 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 70
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 58

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1872 CC $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-4710116107573-----------70
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Total-4710116107573-----------70
 -6%10%14%16%9%14%10%7%10%4%----------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 CC $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1749179918471895211328283149351840554319484957346064686677048992333333
1766181518631968235129353272369741434496514458446331714581338992333333
0000003272369741434496514458446331714581338992333300
0000003395387642314672543959546599742585638992333300
1872 CC $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658170717531799200926993009336538854141465655155836661674318686333333
1674172217681869223928023128353839704313494256226096688878498686333333
0000003128353839704313494256226096688878498686333300
0000003246371240564484522957296356715982688686333300
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 3009
Owner: BobCat1111
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 2009
Owner: The Drummer
 
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