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

1878-CC 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6359
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
62,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$77,000 • MS65 • 4-1-1997 • Bowers & Merena
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1
175
1
1
2
300
10
2
35
4,400
1
35
45+
5,750
45+
50+
6,500
50+
53+
7,250
53+
55
8,750
1
55
55+
9,250
55+
58+
11,000
58+
60
12,500
1
60
61
14,000
61
62
16,500
62
62+
17,500
62+
63+
25,500
63+
64+
35,000
64+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150 R-7.5 2 / 45 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 5 / 45 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Jim O'Donnell, sold privately - RARCOA “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:732, $35,200 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7134, $48,875

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2048, $77,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:288 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:677 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection -  Heritage 6/2014:30520, $64,625

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Kagin's 11/1973:1084 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:236, $20,900 - Stack's 7/2009:596, $40,000 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4244, $41,125

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:5728, $33,350 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:427, $39,100 - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 9/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11090, $41,125

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Jim O'Donnell, sold privately - RARCOA “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:732, $35,200 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7134, $48,875

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2048, $77,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:288 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:677 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection -  Heritage 6/2014:30520, $64,625

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Kagin's 11/1973:1084 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:236, $20,900 - Stack's 7/2009:596, $40,000 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4244, $41,125

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:5728, $33,350 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:427, $39,100 - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 9/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11090, $41,125

6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1878, focus at the Carson City Mint shifted to production of the new Morgan Dollar and, to a lesser extent, Quarter Dollars.  Half Dollars were ignored to a large degree.  Where Mint employees produced over a million Half Dollars in each of the previous three years, now they struck only 62,000 pieces.  Thus was created the second rarest CC-Mint Half Dollar.  In circulated grades, the 1878-CC Half Dollar is readily available -- for a price.  In Mint State, tjhe 1878-CC Half Dollar is a true condition-rarity. Fortunately, most of the known Mint State examples are of above-average quality and a few examples are known of each grade from MS63 to MS65.  It's hard to pick a favorite, but mine would have to be the Eliasberg example that sold in 1997 and has not reappeared on the market since.