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 this book is being written it appears that a small hoard of this date is being disbursed. We have no
knowledge of the source, but recent auctions have included multiple examples. Heritage auctioned more
than 40 examples in 2015. This frequency of appearance is much higher than any other time during the
past 10 years. 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 20 are known in all grades of mint state, with another 35 or so in various
AU grades. The finest known examples are MS65. Both PCGS and NGC show one example in this grade.
NGC shows three additional examples in MS64, one with a plus designation. Itís likely that these
five records represent at most 4 coins. Three more coins have received a MS63 grade, and 7 have
graded MS62 (statistics are as of March, 2016). Problem-free low grade examples, F12 or lower,
are scarce. As with most Carson City issues they werenít well cared for. Most low-grade coins
encountered have some issues.
|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+ |