Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 62,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 CC 50C MS obverse 1878 CC 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As at the other two mints, half dollar production plunged at Carson City in 1878, creating a very scarce issue across all grades. Mint State examples are extremely rare, with at most a dozen known. When found, such coins are well struck from unworn dies.

Just a single die pair is known for 1878-CC, and all examples have 143 reeds. This reeding gauge was not used at the other mints, so the combination of only one die marriage and one collar preclude the successful faking of this issue by adding a CC mintmark to a Philadelphia coin.

Since nearly all of the Carson City half dollars coined in recent years had been for shipment east to facilitate redemption of fractional currency notes rather than for local circulation, the near total retirement of the notes by 1879 left no additional demand for CC fractional silver coins. The Nevada mint thereafter limited its output to silver dollars required under the Bland-Allison and Sherman Acts and to gold coinage.

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1878 CC 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 2000 2750 3625 4100 5400 6100 8125 12500 13750 14500 18200 24500 36500 70000 78500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 58
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 10/22/2019 1878 CC 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6121354411231-111111----58
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Total6121354411231-111111----58
 10 %21 %22 %9 %7 %7 %2 %2 %3 %5 %2 %-2 %2 %2 %2 %2 %2 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
7/31/1993 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6352 $44,000.00
9/11/1996 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 0875, 875/Lot# 1600 $999.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3865 $2,350.00
2/27/2014 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3527 $1,997.50
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 92   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4269 $3,055.00
12/13/2018 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(1), 1282/Lot# 3457 $1,088.40
4/25/2019 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1294/Lot# 7590 $1,680.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 50C MS CC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366175320872727300934063564429045124817546657476048640071388515109191492021332310044576353754
82818642300282131413459380643644614503355605847616566467597931612253170572455635924484270
00000038064364461450335560584761656646759793161225317057245563592400
000000404844384715525056535948628368928056101181358619195277804084300
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Grade: VG Details
Points: 1044
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
 
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