Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 272,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 CC 50C MS obverse 1872 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

For those seeking a Carson City half dollar from that mint's early period (1870-74), 1872-CC is the clear go-to coin. It has the highest mintage of these issues and is much more often seen, at least in the lower circulated grades. Even so, coins grading XF and higher are rare, with Mint State survivors being extremely so. The typical 1872-CC half dollar is a bit weakly struck and may be shallow in letters BER of LIBERTY.

Carson City requested four each obverse and reverse dies. For reasons unknown, it instead received six and three, respectively. Perhaps it was known that the mint already had on hand several reverse dies, as study has shown that all five actually seen on extant coins were used previously in earlier years. So low was production of silver coins at Carson City before 1875 that some of these same dies appeared again after 1872! A total of nine die marriages are known from the mixing of four obverses with five reverses.

A single collar gauge of 154 is known for 1872-CC halves. This is quite distinctive from the 145 reeds seen on 1872(P) halves, and the addition of a false mintmark to the latter coins is thus easily detected. Unlike the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints, Carson City did not create its own collars, these instead being furnished by Philly's machine shop.

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1872 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 350 575 900 1300 2700 4500 5200 6850 12750 24500 34000 48500 75000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 15000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 119
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1872 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13171172813174233--1--------119
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Total13171172813174235--1--------121
 11 %14 %9 %6 %23 %11 %14 %3 %2 %2 %4 %--1 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/17/2004 PCGS FA 2   Teletrade Auction 1949, 1949/Lot# 1350 $71.50
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2718 $1,380.00
2/7/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3505 $1,527.50
7/27/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2187 $4,112.50
12/22/2013 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 127876 $2,150.00
11/2/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10389 $210.00
10/18/2015 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27353 $117.50
1/4/2017 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 4378 $1,938.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 50C MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16748651333186527812936369439844431570274318058892910867815395882129733037518058203894243
22573810211510217028333189379141334855627876408348957510867863113491252103929361883861060
000000318937914133485562787640834895751086786311349125210392936188300
0000003441388742825278685578498639102211086791101739429124455497196000
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Grade: VF 25
Points: 1865
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: VF Details
Points: 933
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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