This beautiful 1870 Carson City Liberty Seated Half Dollar is a Major Rarity and in Mint State 63, there is only one finer. This is the toughest of all the dates to collect because 1870 was the first year in that the Carson City Mint went into production of U.S. coins and mintages of every denomination were very low, creating instant rarities across the board making them a great rarity today.
After an initial mintage of 2,303 silver dollars in early 1870, the Carson City Mint produced small monthly mintages of half dollars. In total, the mint accomplished 54,617 half dollars for the year... a very small number considering 300 miles away, the San Francisco Mint struck more than 1 million half dollars during the same time period. Most Carson City halves were released into circulation, and few coins were saved by collectors as no attention was yet given to mintmarks with early collectors.
Today, just a few 1870-CC Liberty Seated Half Dollars are documented as Mint State survivors and are highly coveted. The significance of the first half dollar Carson City issue and given its low mintage, this remarkable CC uncirculated mint state survivor will a showpiece in any numismatic collection and won't last long!
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