General Comments

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+
1872-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.

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 die marriages.

Die Marriage
Obverse Die
Reverse Die
Estimated Survivors
OC-1 R3+ 1 1870-CC A 250

1872-CC Emission Sequence

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

Emission Order
Die Marriage
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.

Die Marriage

Obv Die

Rev Die

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.

Photo credits:

Obverse and reverse full photos:   1872-CC NGC MS64, ex. Gene Gardner, from the Heritage archives.

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