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1879-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-61+ (NGC). CAC.

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Stack's Bowers Auction August 2018 ANA U.S. Coins Auction Philadelphia, PA Aug-2018 Remarkable Mint State 1879-CC Half Eagle A Formidable Condition Rarity 1879-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-61+ (NGC). CAC. An exceptionally well preserved, fully Mint State example that ranks among the finest survivors of this scarce and conditionally challenging frontier era issue. The strike is razor sharp throughout, even the hair curls over Liberty's brow and the eagle's neck feathers crisp. Satiny luster flows over both sides, the surfaces bathed in vivid rose-orange patina that provides outstanding eye appeal. Smooth and inviting, certainly more so than one might expect given the assigned numeric grade, this premium quality coin is sure to sell for a strong bid. Due to outlandish railroad tariffs, by the late 1870s it was more profitable for Nevada miners to send their bullion for coinage to the San Francisco Mint as opposed to the nearby Carson City facility. Carson City Mint expert Rusty Goe (August 2012) states that, "By 1879, Nevada's miners were already sending about 100 times as much of their gold to the San Francisco Mint than they were depositing in Carson City, and about 13 times as much silver." It is little wonder, therefore, that the Nevada branch mint produced so few gold coins of any denomination in 1879. The 1879-CC half eagle boasts a limited mintage of 17,281 pieces, and it is a scarce issue in an absolute sense. Rusty Goe provided for only 270 to 340 circulated survivors and just four to six Uncirculated coins in his cataloging for our August 2012 sale of the Battle Born Collection. Solidly in the Condition Census, this Mint State rarity would serve as a highlight in even the finest numismatic cabinet. Provenance: From the York Collection. NGC Census: just 2; 0 finer. PCGS reports two grading events at the MS-62 level, the finest at that service. PCGS# 8349. NGC ID: 25X8. Click here for certification details from NGC.

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PCGS # Service Cert # PCGS Pop PCGS Pop Higher PCGS Price GuideSM Value Set Registry
8349 NGC 3576953-001 N/A 2 View a set that requires this coin
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