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SERIES: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1871-CC $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
8323
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
20,770
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$54,625 • NGC MS61 • 7-7-2011 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150 R-7.5 31 / 106 TIE 79 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 7 / 106 TIE 13 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries (Jeff Garrett) - Gulfcoast Rare Coins - Heritage 7/1997:7686 - Heritage Rare Coin Galleries - Kingswood 6/1998:676 - Jason Carter and Chris Napolitano - Spectrum Numismatics and Kevin Lipton, 7/1999 - Doug Winter - Nevada Collection - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11002, $63,250

3 MS61 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2013:4528, $48,468.75

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries (Jeff Garrett) - Gulfcoast Rare Coins - Heritage 7/1997:7686 - Heritage Rare Coin Galleries - Kingswood 6/1998:676 - Jason Carter and Chris Napolitano - Spectrum Numismatics and Kevin Lipton, 7/1999 - Doug Winter - Nevada Collection - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11002, $63,250

3 MS61 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2013:4528, $48,468.75

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 estimated grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1871-CC is rare in all grades but it is more often available than any of the other rare dates from this Mint between 1970 and 1878 except the 1874-CC. Almost all known specimens are well worn, Fine or VF being typical, and the 1871-CC ranked 11th in the series in rarity according to average grade. Strictly graded EF or AU specimens are very rare and I have seen only two examples that I would consider to be uncirculated.

Ron Guth: A fresh analysis of the 1871-CC Half Eagle shows a coin with one of the highest certified populations in the 1867-1877 period.  Among the CC issues from the 1870s, the 1871-CC and the 1874-CC are the least rare, with virtually identical populations.  The 1871-CC Half Eagle is seen most frequently in XF45.  AU examples are quite scarce and Mint State examples are exceedingly rare.  At this level, not much has changed since Akers recorded his observations for this date in the 1970s.  Overlall, this is one of the most desirable and popular dates from this era.