Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 1,008,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.38 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1875 CC 50C MS obverse 1875 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In response to the Specie Resumption Act, the Carson City Mint struck more than a million half dollars this year, by far it's largest production to date. This issue is common across most grades, becoming somewhat scarce in grades XF and AU. Mint State coins are not common, but they in numbers sufficient to satisfy the demand from advanced collectors of this series. They seem to be more consistently well struck than their Philadelphia cousins.

Superintendent James Crawford requested and received 12 obverse and seven reverse dies for 1875-CC half dollars. The Carson City Mint evidently did not prepare its dies or collars properly for coining, as the failure rate for its dies was higher than for the other two mints. Many of these coins are seen with die cracks that led to premature retirement of the dies.

A dozen die marriages are known from various combinations of nine obverse and five reverse dies. All 1875-CC halves display a Medium CC mintmark which debuted this year and would predominate through the end of half dollar coinage in 1878. There are only positional varieties to collect, and these are of little interest to anyone but series specialists. All half dollars of this issue have 154 edge reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1875 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 110 175 215 325 715 1050 1170 1310 1740 1870 2625 2825 3400 5400 11000 36500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3850 6250 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 182
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1875 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base513910258133813161812161741----182
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-------------112------4
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Total513910258133813161813171941----186
 3 %7 %5 %5 %13 %4 %7 %2 %4 %7 %9 %1 %4 %7 %9 %10 %2 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7347 $1,035.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1274 $219.00
11/30/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3182, 3182/Lot# 1327 $140.00
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3836 $1,380.00
2/10/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 85156 $92.40
8/8/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3924 $1,292.50
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6137 $564.00
9/28/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 215125 $2,943.60
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10400 $486.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 50C MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base125539555173599010661271143317992124225024012754312637835264864410501164282596031263
8630244761282010151134132515551907216623002519287833454277639192631247719605277280
000000113413251555190721662300251928783345427763919263124771960500
000000120313791677201622082351263630023564477075179882144522278300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2124
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 395
Owner: 123cents
 
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