Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 633,900
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.07 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 50C MS obverse 1870 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Those of us who handle coins on a daily basis take much for granted. We assume certain dates are 'easy' to find in mint condition. But stop and consider for a moment how extraordinary it is that any coins have come down to us from 1870 in mint state. 1870 was the year Prussia launched its offensive against the French Republic and occupied Paris. Native American tribes were still living on the Great Plains, not on reservations. General Custer still had six years of life left before making his fateful decision to enter Little Big Horn. And here is a coin that had a considerable amount of purchasing power in 1870, struck for circulation, yet was never actually handled in the channels of commerce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1870 50C MS
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Base $ 32.00 48.00 58.00 90.00 200 200 265 345 460 600 660 700 775 1300 3150 6800 11000 21500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 68
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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11/23/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2122, 2122/Lot# 1614 $268.80
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7833 $253.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7100 $1,782.50
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1332 $1,006.25
7/11/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4998 $2,350.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4205 $2,350.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5252 $25,850.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26610 $170.38


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