1870-CC $5 XF45 Certification #10006624, PCGS #8320

Owner's Comments

Allen Rowe Northern Nevada Coin

Expert Comments

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.
21.65 millimeters
Christian Gobrecht
8.24 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 77 R-8.2 10 / 106 TIE 34 / 218 TIE
All Grades 3 R-9.8 14 / 106 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

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.

1 MS61 PCGS estimated grade

J.J. Teaparty - Bowers & Merena 7/2002:607

3 AU58 PCGS grade

New England Rare Coin Auctions 7/1979:182, $6,300 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1170, $69,000 - The Mint (Jay Parrino) - New York Gold Mart (Ron Karp) - Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1324, $80,500

3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade