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Obverse of 1891-CC Half Eagle     Reverse of 1891-CC Half Eagle


1891-CC FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8378

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 208,000
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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
The 1891-CC Half Eagle is the most common Half Eagle issued by the Carson City Mint, by far.  Even Uncirculated examples of this date are readily obtained.  The most common Mint State grade is MS-62, above which the population drops off dramatically, approaching zero at the MS-65 level.

The finest 1891-CC Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries - Henry S. Lang collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 623, illustrated, sold for $4,082.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7279, illustrated, sold for $4,715.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7625, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 156, sold for $4,600.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 525, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7278, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1575, sold for $2,070.00

IGC MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 829, unsold

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7624, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2375 at 747.50  From the sale of the Winthrop Collection, September 1975, Lot 1356

PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 830, plated, sold for $977.50

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9016, not plated, sold for $874.00

SEGS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1435, illustrated, sold for $747.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2376, sold for $603.75

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 242, not illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 243, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

ANACS Net AU-55, Unc Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9015, not plated, sold for $276.00

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1436, not illustrated, sold for $253.00

NGC VF-30, Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1759, not plated, sold for $195.50

NGC VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9014, not plated, sold for $253.00

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