Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 4,944,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.03 (12/6/2016)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1876 CC 25C MS obverse 1876 CC 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Carson City Mint reached its peak of production for quarter dollars this year, a more than 30-fold increase over 1875. The vast majority of these coins were shipped east to assist in the redemption of millions of fractional currency notes that had been issued since 1862. With silver achieving value parity against paper money, the coins were now free to circulate, and the hated notes were no longer needed.

1876-CC quarters are plentiful across most grades, with only XF and better pieces being somewhat scarce. Mint State coins, even gems, are available to meet the desires of advanced collectors. Their quality of strike is variable, so buyers are urged to shop with some discrimination.

Such a large productions required dozens of dies, and this issue is thus rich in varieties. Most feature the Type 2 reverse, but Type 1 issues are not rare. Though Walter Breen listed a Tall CC variety, Larry Briggs cataloged several dies having either the Small CC of 1870-75 or the Large CC of 1876-78. The latter is typically described as Medium CC by half dollar collectors, since a yet larger size is known for that series, so the terminology may be confusing at first. Further adding to complexity of 1876-CC quarters is that three different reeding gauges were employed: 113 reeds, 122 and 153. The last is known as Fine Reeding and was once thought to be rare. Though highly distinctive, it is actually the most common gauge for 1876-CC and brings no premium.

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1876 CC 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 70.00 85.00 135 190 280 305 375 500 565 650 885 1225 1950 4500 7800 17000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 950 1350 2300 5400 11000 22500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 396
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1130 $833.75
10/23/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 294, 300/Lot# 5594 $1,380.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 1048 $3,450.00
4/15/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/15/2012, 18/Lot# 40104 $41.00
11/4/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3375, 3375/Lot# 1660 $80.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8741 $329.00
12/30/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131302/Lot# 26095 $130.43
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30467 $153.93
2/27/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3379 $1,880.00
5/25/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22262 $85.78


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 CC 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819814318324860266772987295910781152127113811515203335674802566592651430422332
8611315620436662368777690199811021191130714251687254439785089686510944169800
0000006877769019981102119113071425168725443978508968651094400
00000070882493010381127123113441470186030554390537780651262400
1876 CC 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base89106159201268644713777928101911441221134514601600213837265000588995861474622946
94123173223393667734827958106011691262138315061779266741505296712111306174790
00000073482795810601169126213831506177926674150529671211130600
00000075587798811021195130314211553195831964575559283531302600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 7977
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 201
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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