The population reports show over 75 coins in various AU grades. This figure exploded over the past 4
years as coins from the hoard noted above were submitted and re-submitted. Our best guess is that less
than 50 coins exist in AU, possibly as few as 30-40.
1872-CC is a desirable date in the Liberty Seated dollar series because of both its low mintage
and its Carson City mintmark. Its mintage is considerably higher than its cousins, the 1871-CC
and 1873-CC, and it seems to be much more readily available.
As the first edition of our book was being written it appeared that a small hoard of this date
was being disbursed. We have no knowledge of the source, but auctions in the 2015-2016 timeframe
included multiple examples of the date. Heritage auctioned more than 40 examples in 2015, and a
similar number in 2016, with frequent appearances continuing into early 2017. The supply seemed
to dry up in early 2017. Most of the coins had at least minor problems. The frequency of
appearance during 2015-2016 is much higher than any other time during the past 10 years. Prices
softened during this period, but now appear to have stabilized. Those wishing to acquire the
date would be wise to act soon. Previous appearances of CC hoards have depressed prices briefly,
but they always rebound quickly. The CC mintmark seems to have a magical effect on collectors.
Finding problem-free 1872-CC examples requires patient searching. High-grade examples are rare but
available. Less than 30 are known in all grades of mint state. The finest known examples are MS65.
Both PCGS and NGC have graded one example at this level. NGC shows three additional examples in
MS64, one with a plus designation. Itís likely that these five very choice to gem records represent
at most 4 coins. Four more coins have received a MS63 grade, and 6 have graded MS62.
|Mintage ||3,150 |
|Proof mintage ||None |
|Mintage ranking ||9th |
|Finest known ||MS65 |
|Known obverse dies ||1 |
|Known reverse dies ||1 |
|Known die marriages ||1 |
|Most common die marriage ||OC-1/ R3+ |
|Rarest business strike die marriage ||OC-1/ R3+ |
Problem-free low-grade examples, less than VF20, are scarce. As with most Carson City issues they
werenít well cared for. Most low-grade coins have some issues. However, the population reports show
that nearly 90 currently exist in problem-free slabs. These certainly include a significant number of
re-submissions. Population statistics are as of February, 2019.
1872-CC examples are usually found with strikes that are good but not sharp. As with most CCs 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.
1872-CC Die Marriages
OC-1 is the only known die marriage. The reverse die is transitional. It was first used in 1870
to strike die marriages OC-1 and OC-2. It was unused in 1871, but brought out again in 1872 to
strike the entire mintage for the year.
Click the links below to view the details of the OC-1 die marriage.
||R3+ ||1 ||1870-CC A ||250 |
1872-CC Emission Sequence
With only one die marriage the emission sequence isn't terribly interesting.
|1 ||OC-1 || |
1872-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.
Base of 1
|OC-1 ||1 ||1870-CC A ||R QTR
||Obverse: RB of 1 is R QTR. Date is VSH and slants VS down.|
Reverse: Wide CC. A line drawn under the mintmarks intersects the top edge of the O in ONE.
Obverse and reverse full photos:   1872-CC NGC MS64, ex. Gene Gardner, from the Heritage archives.