Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,004,000
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.60 (7/14/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S 50C MS obverse 1870 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

WB-101, Breen-4953. There is no drapery visible at Liberty's elbow, a popular variant with Seated Liberty half dollar collectors. This is the usually seen variety with a small and complete mintmark. The S mintmark is located below the arrow feather with only the extreme left curve of this letter extending past the left tip of the feather. Very sharply struck with satiny silver luster and hints of pale gold toning over the otherwise brilliant silver surfaces. A delightful and desirable Gem. Both sides have light planchet roller marks, created during planchet production. In most cases, such lines were obliterated during the actual striking process. The single finest survivor known to NGC, and tied with two others at PCGS at the summit of the combined certified population (8/08). From The Sundance Collection.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1870 S 50C MS
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Base $ 35.00 50.00 78.00 160 365 365 480 635 725 900 1075 1500 2850 5750 8500 19000 - - - - -
$ 390 530 700 800 1000 1175 1650 3500 6250 9500 21000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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10/3/2001 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 6991 $6,037.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1265 $4,025.00
8/31/2008 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2578, 2578/Lot# 1629 $672.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4207 $3,877.50
11/10/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131347/Lot# 26112 $164.50
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29334 $129.25
6/29/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 175961 $70.00


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