Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 1,420,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.65 (7/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1877 CC 50C MS obverse 1877 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was a relatively generous mintage of half dollars for the Carson City Mint, second only to its production the previous year. Examples are common in all circulated grades and only moderately scarce in Mint State. These coins were also well made, with good strikes and only light signs of overused dies.

Some 15 die marriages are known for 1877-CC, these the product of 12 obverse and 13 reverse dies. Three of the reverses display the Small CC mintmark of 1873-74, with the remainder having the Medium CC mintmark that debuted in 1875. Of the latter dies, just two were taken from the old hub of 1866, and these Type 1 coins are more scarce than those of the new Type 2 hub. The difference in rarity is not great enough to attract interest beyond series specialists, but NGC will attribute these reverses under its VarietyPlus Service. All 1877-CC half dollars have 143 edge reeds.

A minor repunched date variety is known (WB-104), and this has the Type 2 reverse with Medium CC mintmark.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/28/2019

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1877 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 120 130 260 425 585 725 900 1010 1250 1430 1750 2200 3800 5700 12000 32000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1950 2700 4200 7750 16000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 262
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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 1877 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base8108920119789165925384317511--259
--------------11------2
-------------2---1----3
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Total8108920119789165927394417611--264
 3 %4 %3 %3 %8 %4 %3 %3 %3 %3 %6 %2 %3 %10 %15 %17 %6 %2 %0 %0 %-- 
1877 CC 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------21------3
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Total--------------21------3
 --------------67 %33 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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10/2/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0881, 881/Lot# 1404 $141.70
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 952 $575.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1456 $2,300.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7846 $276.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122019 $237.60
11/15/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33749 $3,055.00
2/27/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7706 $470.00
6/8/2014 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131424/Lot# 26170 $82.00
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32101 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 50C MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1220330423527793856117312711393155818212048246428073313421758368153113281760727659
7425736145861681496212061312144816461897218725782976361447576608921113421209580
0000009621206131214481646189721872578297636144757660892111342100
000000106712381352150317331972232526933144391652967381102701551400
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 527
Owner: 123cents
 
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