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: $8.91 (10/20/2020)
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: 10/9/2020

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1872 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 405 640 1005 1465 2450 3600 4275 7000 12750 28000 37500 53000 75000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 15000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 122
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1872 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13181272713184234--1--------122
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Total13181272713184236--1--------124
 10%15%10%6%22%10%15%3%2%2%5%--1%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 CC 50C MS
 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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