Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 3,150
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.21 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 CC S$1 MS obverse 1872 CC S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Rusty Goe writes piquantly concerning the 1872-CC silver dollar: 'This was the year that the delivery of new coin dies to the Carson City Mint was delayed when snowfall blocked the mountain passes. Superintendent H.F. Rice might have stressed over some of the other denominations, but silver dollars had not been produced at his mint for five months anyway, and apparently there was little pressure to manufacture more of them. When silver dollar production finally resumed in late February or early March of 1872, a mere 2,150 pieces were minted. This would suffice until the final 1,000 silver dollars for the year were struck in July, bringing the annual total to 3,150, the highest mintage for the three year run from 1871 to 1873.' (Rusty Goe, The Mint on Carson Street.)

Later on, concerning the eventual disposition of the issue, Goe says, 'It is not known whether the 3,150 1872-CC silver dollars were released into circulation, claimed by bullion traders, banks, or merchants, held in the mint's vaults, exported to China, buried in the ground, hoarded or melted--or a combination of any and all of the above. Regardless what happened to them long ago, it appears that no more than 10% of the original mintage survived to the early years of the 21st century.'

Goe closes by saying that of the four CC-mint Seated dollars, the 1873-CC is the rarest, followed closely by the 1871-CC, then the 1872-CC edges out the 1870-CC for third place.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1872 CC S$1 MS
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Total Graded: 88
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65

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2/15/2004 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1844, 1844/Lot# 1323 $3,190.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1759 $37,950.00
6/17/2010 NGC F 12   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 2483 $1,811.25
9/12/2011 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 618, 625/Lot# 416 $8,912.50
6/10/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 55116 $7,769.30
2/3/2014 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1202/Lot# 4030 $3,290.00
6/4/2014 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 4210 $3,818.75
9/4/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3226 $8,225.00
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 4821 $9,400.00
1/6/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5466 $18,800.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S$1 MS CC
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