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: $3.28 (1/20/2020)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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1876 CC 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 72.00 100.00 105 150 215 310 340 390 490 520 715 845 1200 2150 4125 7800 17000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 950 1350 2300 5400 11000 22500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 438
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/14/2020 1876 CC 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3724326922231912254032029324716112---436
--------------111-----3
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Total3724326922231912254032029334817112---439
 1 %2 %5 %7 %16 %5 %5 %4 %3 %6 %9 %1 %5 %7 %8 %11 %4 %3 %0 %--- 
1876 CC 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-1-------2
---------------1------1
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Total------------1-11------3
 ------------33 %-33 %33 %------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 CC 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179220295345497661741837882100812061290141016832007255238004836664495861474622946
193245312396552688773852924107412341330150117912189296841455439762511306174790
00000077385292410741234133015011791218929684145543976251130600
00000080586796611401262137015921899237033844491604186051302600
1876 CC 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16320127232046359769578382994911381226133315941907243336394643640092651430422332
176225288368508630724798869101211671262142016982082283539745229735510945169800
00000072479886910121167126214201698208228353974522973551094500
00000075481490910751197129715071803225832374308581483101262400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1333
Owner: Waverlee
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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