Description and Analysis

Liberty Head $5
1872 CC $5 MS

Description & Analysis

In only its third year of operation, the Carson City Mint managed a respectable--if still small--mintage of 16,980 half eagles in 1872. Most specimens of this denomination found a ready market in circulation in the rough-and-tumble West of the era, and today the average certified survivor grades only VF30 or thereabouts.

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