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: $8.15 (9/23/2020)
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: 258
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: 9/22/2020 1876 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11101811271426612122011414172512211--254
----------1--1-21-----5
---------------12-----3
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Total11101811271426612122111415172815211--262
 4%4%7%4%10%5%10%2%5%5%8%0%5%6%6%11%6%1%0%0%-- 
1876 CC 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-111--------4
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Total---------1-111--------4
 ---------25%-25%25%25%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base248272395515674865933117312711477158317992029236826993365440366168153122421904829951
256313435568738888101312061340151216551876214224782921371151417128951614511226820
00000010131206134015121655187621422478292137115141712895161451100
000000109312381408154817271952225525893143405758787641108791677900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3817
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1583
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
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