1878-CC 50C AU58 Certification #18471773, PCGS #6359

Owner's Comments

Allen Rowe Northern Nevada Coin

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1878, focus at the Carson City Mint shifted to production of the new Morgan Dollar and, to a lesser extent, Quarter Dollars.  Half Dollars were ignored to a large degree.  Where Mint employees produced over a million Half Dollars in each of the previous three years, now they struck only 62,000 pieces.  Thus was created the second rarest CC-Mint Half Dollar.  In circulated grades, the 1878-CC Half Dollar is readily available -- for a price.  In Mint State, tjhe 1878-CC Half Dollar is a true condition-rarity. Fortunately, most of the known Mint State examples are of above-average quality and a few examples are known of each grade from MS63 to MS65.  It's hard to pick a favorite, but mine would have to be the Eliasberg example that sold in 1997 and has not reappeared on the market since.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
62000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
14
Pop Lower
153
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 45 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
All Grades 10 R-9.5 5 / 45 15 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Jim O'Donnell, sold privately - RARCOA “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:732, $35,200 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7134, $48,875

1 MS65 PCGS grade

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2048, $77,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:288 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:677 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection -  Heritage 6/2014:30520, $64,625

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Kagin's 11/1973:1084 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:236, $20,900 - Stack's 7/2009:596, $40,000 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4244, $41,125

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:5728, $33,350 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:427, $39,100 - Rusty Goe, sold privately in 9/2005 - Battle Born Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11090, $41,125