Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 1,956,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.81 (7/18/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1876 CC 50C MS obverse 1876 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This year saw the highest production of half dollars at the Carson City Mint. The goal of the 1875 Specie Resumption Act was fully met in 1876, as paper money finally achieved value parity with the nation's silver coins. The return of gold to circulation in most of the nation was still more than two years away, but in the region served by the CC Mint, both metals had circulated freely all along. In fact, most of the 1876-CC half dollar coinage was shipped east to supplement the restoration of silver in the eastern half of the nation. This issue is common across all grades shy of gem Mint State. There are enough unworn examples of average quality to meet the demand from advanced collectors of this series.

Due to its high attrition rate for dies, the Carson City Mint requested a remarkable 54 obverses and 30 reverses from Philadelphia's engraving department. It's not known whether all of these were sent, but some 36 die marriages are known from various combinations of 26 each obverse and reverse dies. No fewer than five collar gauges have been identified: 143, 144, 152, 153 or 154 reeds, respectively.

Several RPD varieties are known for the obverse dies, as is a MPD variety. The better ones will be attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Of greater general interest, however, are the three different mintmark styles used for 1876-CC halves. The vast majority of dies bear the Medium CC which debuted in 1875, and this is the common variety. Seven dies display the Small CC seen for 1874-CC, and just two have Large CC mintmarks. Not surprisingly, this style is rare on 1876-CC half dollars and carries a noticeable premium.

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1876 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 120 200 260 450 685 750 875 1050 1330 1480 1850 2500 4100 6550 16500 32000 65000 - -
$ - - - - 1280 - - 2000 - 4400 8250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 239
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1876 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base89159271023610102011414172611311--235
----------1--1--1-----3
---------------11-----2
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Total89159271023610102111415172713311--240
 3 %4 %6 %4 %11 %4 %10 %3 %4 %4 %9 %0 %6 %6 %7 %11 %5 %1 %0 %0 %-- 
1876 CC 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-111--------4
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Total---------1-111--------4
 ---------25 %-25 %25 %25 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1274 $1,380.00
9/18/2006 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2261, 2261/Lot# 1443 $112.00
12/8/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 153201 $539.00
6/1/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24272 $246.75
6/9/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20385 $100.00
9/4/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 4144 $1,410.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10403 $380.00
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10378 $705.00
7/19/2015 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131530/Lot# 27734 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base248272395515674865933117312711477158317992029236826993365440366168153122421904829951
256313435568738888101312061340151216551876214224782921371151417128951614511226820
00000010131206134015121655187621422478292137115141712895161451100
000000109312381408154817271952225525893143405758787641108791677900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1583
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1477
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
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