Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 54,617
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.39 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 CC 50C MS obverse 1870 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Dies were shipped to the Carson City Mint for 1869 coinage, but that facility was not ready until early in the following year. Eager to begin making coins, Superintendent Abraham Curry requested permission from Mint Director James Pollock to use the 1869-dated dies already on hand but was denied. In fact, coinage did not commence until March of 1870, though the new dies may have arrived sometime earlier.

Given its low mintage, the 1870-CC half dollar was predestined to be a very scarce issue in even the lowest grades. Most survivors are found grading Very Good or lower, and examples in any higher grade are highly coveted. Fewer than half a dozen Mint State coins have been verified. In all grades, 1870-CC half dollars tend to be weakly struck on the high points of the design, including the central letters of LIBERTY on the obverse shield. The dies seem to have worn rapidly and were polished excessively, leaving little or no drapery at Liberty's left elbow.

A total of five die marriages have been confirmed. These resulted from the combining of three obverse dies were a like number of reverses, all of which display a Large CC mintmark. One obverse shows slight repunching of numeral 1, but variety collecting is a moot point given the rarity of 1870-CC half dollars. All coins of this issue feature 154 edge reeds, a number not seen on 1870(P) or 1870-S halves, and this serves as a useful authentication tool.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1870 CC 50C MS
Base $ 2150 3850 4500 7800 13500 30000 40000 54500 66500 95000 117500 180000 320000 385000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 71000 - - - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 63

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1870 CC 50C MS
 10 %14 %19 %8 %12 %8 %11 %8 %-1 %3 %-1 %3 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/17/1999 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1144, 1144/Lot# 1522 $1,350.00
1/7/2009 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2871 $2,875.00
9/19/2010 PCGS VF 25   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3651 $7,200.00
2/24/2013 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 740, 749/Lot# 1189 $3,575.00
12/5/2013 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4734 $1,762.50
2/27/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3908 $8,812.50
6/29/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 205012 $7,483.91
10/30/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4264 $1,116.25
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 432 $2,820.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 50C MS CC
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