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PCGS No: 8362


Circulation strikes: 12,958
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "CC" (for Carson City, Nevada) below the eagle on the reverse

Despite comparable mintages, the 1883-CC Half Eagle is just a little easier to find than the 1881-CC Half Eagle at all grade levels.  In Mint State, both coins are extreme rarities and none can be called choice.

The finest 1883-CC Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

In 1883-CC, the mintmark reverts to the "Small Letters" type seen on the Half Eagles minted from 1870 to 1880, inclusive.  Most likely, one of the old style reverse dies was left over and used in 1883.  In 1884, the "Large Letters" mintmark resumed and was used on all post-1883 Half Eagles struck at the Carson City Mint.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Superior auction, February 1992, Lot 2699 - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc. "Lexington collection", January 1994, Lot 1413 - Henry S. Lang collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 620, illustrated, sold for $29,900.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1280, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5687, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9006, not plated, unsold

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service