Despite a mintage of 756,000 pieces, the 1879-CC Morgan Dollar ranks as the second scarcest of the Carson City issues. As is the case for other coins in the series, the mintage is only part of the determining factor of the ultimate rarity. Much of the mintage for the 1879-CC was presumably melted before ever being released. The GSA hoard, which provides ample supply for other Carson City issues, contained only 4,123 examples or about half a percent of the original mintage.
Two styles of mint mark are found for the 1879-CC Morgan Dollar. The first is the large CC variety, also known as the “clear” or “perfect” mint mark. The second is the large CC over small CC.
Premiums exist at all grade levels, but become more pronounced as condition reaches the gem level. Fewer than 100 examples have been graded MS65 by grading services PCGS and NGC with a single example graded MS66. Some of the highest prices realized include $54,625 in January 2005 for an example graded PCGS MS65DMPL and $40,250 in June 2012 for an example graded PCGS MS65+ with CAC verification.
1879-CC Morgan Dollar Mintage and Specifications
- Mintage: 756,000
- Mint mark: CC (Carson City)
- Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
- Weight: 26.73 grams
- Diameter: 38.1 mm