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

1881-CC $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
8356
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
13,886
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$57,500 • NGC MS63 • 1-1-2007 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 115 R-7.8 23 / 106 TIE 63 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 14 / 106 TIE 31 / 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 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS62 estimated grade  

Martin F. Kortjohn Collection - Stack's 10/1979:201 - Bowers & Ruddy's 9/1981:1582 - Winthrop Carner - Dr. Larry Cutler Collection - Doug Winter and Lee Minshull, 11/1996 - Chicago Collection - Morgan Collection of Branch Mint Gold - Stack's 1/2007:5190 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7692 - Rusty Goe, 8/2011 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11012, $43,125

4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS62 estimated grade  

Martin F. Kortjohn Collection - Stack's 10/1979:201 - Bowers & Ruddy's 9/1981:1582 - Winthrop Carner - Dr. Larry Cutler Collection - Doug Winter and Lee Minshull, 11/1996 - Chicago Collection - Morgan Collection of Branch Mint Gold - Stack's 1/2007:5190 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:7692 - Rusty Goe, 8/2011 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11012, $43,125

4 MS61 PCGS grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 estimated grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1333, not sold

David Akers (1975/88): The 1881-CC is a very rare coin in any condition but for some unknown reason it has received little recognition as a rarity. It is by far the rarest Carson City Half Eagle after 1878 and, in fact, it is fully in the same rarity class as the dates from 1871 to 1877. As the auction data clearly shows, the 1881-CC is extremely difficult to locate better than EF and I have seen only two or three with any claim to mint state, none of them choice. In my opinion, this date, along with the 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1894-S and 1895-S, are among the most underrated Half Eagles after 1878.