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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1872-CC 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6334
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
257,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$100,625 • PCGS MS62 • 9-1-2008 • Superior Galleries
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1
75
1
1
45+
2,800
45+
50+
4,100
50+
53+
5,250
53+
55+
7,600
55+
58+
15,000
58+
60
25,000
60
61
30,000
1
61
62+
42,500
62+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 250 R-6.6 7 / 45 16 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 3 / 45 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 45 1 / 126
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2001:3533, $23,000 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11083, $54,625

1 MS63 PCGS grade
Major William Boerum Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906:369 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2019, $27,500 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:163, $26,450 - Heritage 8/1999:6289 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:580, $39,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30514, $57,281.25
 
In the Eliasberg catalog, the 1872-CC Half Dollar (Lot 2019) was attributed to the Harlan P. Smith Collection, sold by S.H. & H. Chapman in 5/1906, however, the named and priced H.P. Smith catalog on the Newman Portal shows no 1872-CC Half Dollars
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2001:3533, $23,000 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11083, $54,625

1 MS63 PCGS grade
Major William Boerum Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906:369 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2019, $27,500 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:163, $26,450 - Heritage 8/1999:6289 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:580, $39,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30514, $57,281.25
 
In the Eliasberg catalog, the 1872-CC Half Dollar (Lot 2019) was attributed to the Harlan P. Smith Collection, sold by S.H. & H. Chapman in 5/1906, however, the named and priced H.P. Smith catalog on the Newman Portal shows no 1872-CC Half Dollars
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 estimated grade  

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7107, $19,550

10 AU55 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2010:3682, $6,325

45 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1872-CC Half Dollar is a popular date because of a low mintage (257,000 coins) and the always-desirable "CC" mintmark.  Most of this date went into circulation, with few examples saved by collectors.  The very few Mint State examples that have survived are at the low end of the scale (MS61 to MS63).  

According to Bill Bugert, nine distinct die varieties comprise the entire mintage for this datre.  Interestingly, the reverse dies used to strike all of these varieties were from previous years, despite the fact that three fresh reverse dies came in from Philadelphia in 1872.  

The strike quality of this date is generally good.  Luster ranges from frosty to Prooflike.