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SERIES: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1870-CC 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU55

PCGS AU53

PCGS XF40
PCGS #:
5477
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,340
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$188,000 • PCGS AU55 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 8 / 48 TIE 16 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 48 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 48 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 estimated grade  

William B. Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906 - J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1495, $187,000

According to Rusty Goe, Carson City coin expert, the attribution of this coin to the Harlan P. Smith Collection is incorrect.  This was an error in the Clapp notebook, as no 1870-CC Quarter Dollar appeared in Chapman Brothers’ sale of the H.P. Smith collection.  The Wetmore sale took place the day after the Smith sale and contained an 1870-CC Quarter Dollar that sold for $10, the exact amount recorded in the Clapp notebook.

2 AU55 PCGS grade

The plate coin in “The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters” by Larry Briggs

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1471 - Rusty Goe - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11091, $184,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98354, $188,000

3 AU53 PCGS grade

Kuether-Jewison

4 AU50 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 estimated grade  

William B. Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906 - J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1495, $187,000

According to Rusty Goe, Carson City coin expert, the attribution of this coin to the Harlan P. Smith Collection is incorrect.  This was an error in the Clapp notebook, as no 1870-CC Quarter Dollar appeared in Chapman Brothers’ sale of the H.P. Smith collection.  The Wetmore sale took place the day after the Smith sale and contained an 1870-CC Quarter Dollar that sold for $10, the exact amount recorded in the Clapp notebook.

2 AU55 PCGS grade

The plate coin in “The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters” by Larry Briggs

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1471 - Rusty Goe - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11091, $184,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98354, $188,000

3 AU53 PCGS grade

Kuether-Jewison

4 AU50 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 estimated grade  
8 XF40 PCGS grade  
8 XF40 PCGS grade  
8 XF40 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Though it is not the rarest of the Seated Liberty Quarter Dollars, the 1870-CC ranks right near the top.  Anyone interested in collecting coins from the Carson City Mint knows how difficult it is to locate an example of this date.  Prices are high, even for low grade coins, and values escalate in the AU range.  Only one Mint State example has been positively identified, that being the NGC MS64 Eliasberg example which sold for a record price of $187,000 back in 1997.  To illustrate how rapidly values have increased for this date, in 2012 a PCGS AU55 example sold for $184,000 (which begs the question: What is the MS64 worth today?).