1881-CC $5 AU53

CERTIFICATION#: 04665994
PCGS#: 8356

Owner's Comments

Tony Mitchell Silver State Coin

Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 13,886 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

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