1881-CC $5 AU55 Certification #83808819, PCGS #8356
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.