General Comments

1871-CC is a key date in the Liberty Seated Dollar series both because of its extremely low mintage and its status as one of the two rarest products of the Carson City mint. Its mintage is the lowest of the 4 Carson City issues, although in overall rarity it seems equivalent to the 1873-CC. 1871-CC is one of the most challenging dates in the series, rare in all grades. Finding nice examples can be difficult at best. Many survivors are impaired in one way or another. Finding problem-free coins requires patient searching. High-grades are extremely rare. Only 6 or 7 are known in mint state, with another 20 or so in various AU grades. The highest graded is MS64. Two coins have achieved that grade, one at each major grading service. One additional example in MS63 is shown on the current NGC population report, but this is probably one of the coins currently graded MS64. Lower grades may also be difficult to locate, although they seem to be much more available than 1873-CC. Problem-free low grade examples, F12 or lower, are very scarce. The number of problem-free coins graded F12 or below is less than the 20.

Mintage 1,376
Proof mintage None
Mintage ranking 7th
Finest known MS64
Known obverse dies 1
Known reverse dies 1
Known die marriages 1
Most common die marriage OC-1/ R4+
Rarest business strike die marriage OC-1/ R4+
1871-CC examples are usually found with strikes that are good but not sharp. As with most CCís LIBERTY is often weaker than would be expected for the grade. They often display slight softness on the star centrals and hair detail, and very slight softness on the wing feathers. High-grade examples are almost always prooflike or semi-prooflike. Due to the low mintage the dies didnít wear enough to eliminate their prooflike appearance.

1871-CC Die Marriages

A single pair of dies was used to strike the entire mintage. The reverse die is transitional. It was first used once in 1870, then re-used in 1871. The following table summarizes the known die marriages for 1871-CC.

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Die Marriage
Obverse Die
Reverse Die
Estimated Survivors
OC-1 R4+ 1 1870-CC C 100

1871-CC Emission Sequence

With only one die marriage the emission sequence isn't terribly interesting.

Emission Order
Die Marriage
1 OC-1

1871-CC Quick Finder Chart

With only a single die marriage known the quick-finder keys should be used primarily to verify that examples are genuine.

Die Marriage

Obv Die

Rev Die

Base of 1


OC-1 1 1870-CC C R QTR Obverse:   Misplaced 1 visible in the denticles below the tail of the 7.
Reverse:   Wide CC. A line drawn under the mintmarks intersects the upper right curve of the O in ONE.

Photo credits:

Obverse and reverse full photos:   1871-CC ANACS MS61, from the Heritage archives.

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