Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1871-CC Half Dollar is one of the scarcest and most popular dates in the entire series.  The mintage is a mere 153,950 coins.  Combined with the remote location of the Carson City Mint and the difficulty collectors had in obtaining examples for their collections, it is a real challenge to find this date in any grade at all.  In Mint State, the 1871-CC Half Dollar is a fantastic condition rarity and the few that exist are at the lower end of the scale.  It's hard to say what these coins looked like when they were fresh off the press, but the former Pryor-"Battle Born"-Gardner coin gives us one clue.  That coin has a fully Prooflike obverse, a frosty reverse and, in the past, it has been called a "one-sided Proof."

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
153950
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
82
Pop Lower
121
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 4 / 45 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
All Grades 5 R-9.7 3 / 45 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 45 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack 8/1973:252 - Stack's 3/1978:379 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:208 - Doug Noblet - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:160 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11082, $80,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98486, $76,375

2 MS64 estimated grade

Stack's, sold privately in 7/1980 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:633, $29,900 - Stack's 6/2006:587, $18,400

3 MS62 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:578, $43,700 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98688 - Heritage 1/2017:5668, $37,600

4 MS60 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7169, $15,525