Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1872-CC Half Dollar is a popular date because of a low mintage (257,000 coins) and the always-desirable "CC" mintmark.  Most of this date went into circulation, with few examples saved by collectors.  The very few Mint State examples that have survived are at the low end of the scale (MS61 to MS63).  

According to Bill Bugert, nine distinct die varieties comprise the entire mintage for this datre.  Interestingly, the reverse dies used to strike all of these varieties were from previous years, despite the fact that three fresh reverse dies came in from Philadelphia in 1872.  

The strike quality of this date is generally good.  Luster ranges from frosty to Prooflike.

PCGS #
6334
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
257000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
53
Pop Lower
244
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 7 / 45 16 / 126 TIE
All Grades 6 R-9.7 3 / 45 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 45 1 / 126
65 or Better 250
All Grades 6
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-6.6
All Grades R-9.7
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 7 / 45
All Grades 3 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 45
65 or Better 16 / 126 TIE
All Grades 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2001:3533, $23,000 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11083, $54,625

1 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
Major William Boerum Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906:369 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2019, $27,500 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:163, $26,450 - Heritage 8/1999:6289 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:580, $39,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30514, $57,281.25
 
In the Eliasberg catalog, the 1872-CC Half Dollar (Lot 2019) was attributed to the Harlan P. Smith Collection, sold by S.H. & H. Chapman in 5/1906, however, the named and priced H.P. Smith catalog on the Newman Portal shows no 1872-CC Half Dollars
3 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS61 PCGS grade MS61 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade PCGS #6334 (MS)     58
MS63 PCGS grade #1 MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2001:3533, $23,000 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11083, $54,625

MS63 PCGS grade #1 MS63 PCGS grade
Major William Boerum Wetmore Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906:369 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2019, $27,500 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:163, $26,450 - Heritage 8/1999:6289 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:580, $39,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30514, $57,281.25
 
In the Eliasberg catalog, the 1872-CC Half Dollar (Lot 2019) was attributed to the Harlan P. Smith Collection, sold by S.H. & H. Chapman in 5/1906, however, the named and priced H.P. Smith catalog on the Newman Portal shows no 1872-CC Half Dollars
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
MS61 PCGS grade #4 MS61 PCGS grade
PCGS #6334 (MS)     58 #5 AU58 PCGS grade