Allen Rowe Northern Nevada Coin
David Akers (1975/88): From a standpoint of rarity according to average grade, the 1870-CC ranks number one in the entire 300 coin Half Eagle series. I have seen fewer of this date than any other Carson City Half Eagle although the 1878-CC has had five fewer auction appearances in my survey. The 1870-CC is very rare in any condition and when available, the typical example is only Fine or VF. I have seen several EF's and one I graded full AU but none that could reasonably be called uncirculated. Strike characteristics of this issue are difficult to be certain of because most specimens are so worn. However, I would say that, when they were made, most 1870-CC Half Eagles were probably well struck.
Anonymous Carson City mailman, 1994 - Old Mint Coin and Bullion (Joel Mitchell) - Nevada Collection - Battle Born Collection Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11001, $103,500
Plate coin for the issue in “Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint”, by Douglas Winter and James L. Halperin.
NERCA ANA Sale 1979:182 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1170, $69,000 - The Mint (Jay Parrino) - New York Gold Mart (Ron Karp) - Old West Collection, Jr. Colllection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1324, $80,500