||1876-CC 50C Large CC MS66 NGC. WB-103, WB-2, R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. With 40 die varieties for 1876-CC half dollars, the Large CC mintmark is the least available with a mere three die marriages. The Large CC dies were carried over from previous years, last being used in 1873. This specific die marriage is the second example in this sale (see previous lot), seen here in an even higher grade from a reverse die that was also used in 1871, 1872, and 1873. The key diagnostic is the die crack along the top of letters (AME)RICA. The obverse die has a thick die line behind Liberty's eye, a hub characteristic common to only four 1876 dies. This half dollar has wonderfully attractive steel-blue, blue, and amber toning over lustrous fields. It is strongly struck and has remarkably abrasion-free fields and devices. An extraordinary Mint State Carson City half dollar. Census: 2 in 66, 2 finer (10/13). Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $5.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $11,162.50 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.