Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 153,950
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.84 (10/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 CC 50C MS obverse 1871 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The combination of a low mintage and zero interest in branch mint issues by collectors of the time resulted in a coin that is very scarce to rare across all grades. Mint State examples are extremely rare, with perhaps just a few coins extant. These are sometimes seen with a brilliant, prooflike obverse, and it has been speculated that these may have been intended as presentation pieces.

The Carson City Mint requested and received four obverse dies dated 1871 and just two new reverses. It's evident that some reverse dies shipped for 1869-70 production remained on hand at the beginning of 1871. A remarkable seven die marriages are known for this small mintage, and this reflects the sporadic, interrupted nature of Carson City Mint. When a press was set for half dollar manufacture, there was no conscious effort to re-use the same dies as during the last set-up, and this led to numerous different die combinations. Three obverses have been identified, along with some five reverses, one of the latter having been used previously during 1870. All 1871-CC half dollars were coined with a collar having 154 reeds, as in 1870, and all display the same Large CC mintmark.

A minor repunched date variety is known, but the rarity and value of this issue diminishes any interest in varieties.

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Last Updated: 10/9/2020

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1871 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 715 1080 1570 2650 4375 5000 6525 9725 16300 28000 31000 45000 57500 100000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1871 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base75652456-311-21--------66
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Total75652456-311-21--------66
 11%8%9%8%36%8%9%-5%2%2%-3%2%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20111031421165820873281340640484389532663246820725882009918123781152925365387796000593877107339
5021209150018012485332336204162470156596489696675728773107381237816141298364585471296983640
0000003620416247015659648969667572877310738123781614129836458547129600
0000003834427550145991665571127886934511558123782075334308529308258600
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