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1870-CC WB-4 Half Dollar, AU58+
1870-CC 50C AU58+ NGC. WB-101, WB-4, R.6. Partial drapery.
There are five die varieties recorded for the 1870-CC half dollars
surviving from a mintage of 54,617 coins, or just under 11,000
coins per die pair. Just under 200 examples are believed to exist
for all five varieties today.
Condition Census Specimen
Louisiana collector Roy Pohler assembled a hoard of 90 pieces that he acquired from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Well over half of that hoard graded no better than VG. Only three coins graded AU and no examples from that hoard were Mint State. Details of the 1870-CC half dollar appear in A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Volume II, Carson City Branch Mint by Bill Bugert (2010).
The top half dozen pieces from all sources include two Mint State coins, an AU58 NGC coin, an AU55 PCGS coin, and one or two coins graded AU53. Bugert included a detailed census. This piece apparently ranks third or fourth finest of all known 1870-CC half dollars.
An attractive near-Mint specimen with excellent eye appeal, this 1870-CC half dollar has satin luster with exceptional design definition. Most of the stars are sharp, considerable head detail is noted, and the eagle's feathers and claws are strong. Light silver-gray surfaces shine through speckled gold and iridescent toning. Only a few trivial marks and faint hairlines are evident on each side. Census: 2 in 58 (1 in 58+), 1 finer (4/12).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24K2, PCGS# 6328)
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