Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $291.56 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S $5 MS obverse 1870 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As an issue, the 1870-S (17,000 pieces produced) is more difficult to locate than the already scarce 1868-S, 1869-S, 1871-S, and 1872-S. The absence of Mint State survivors, as well as the dearth of AU representatives, guarantees the present example's place on the Condition Census. Both major grading services report only five examples in AU 55 with a lone AU 58 NGC specimen finer (5/00).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1870 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 825 850 1000 1250 3050 3050 5800 7600 10250 18000 - - - - - - - - - - -
$ 3500 6450 8000 12000 - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 58


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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/7/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1112, 1112/Lot# 1958 $1,529.75
5/15/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1412 $9,177.00
5/25/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4681 $6,900.00
11/29/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10768 $646.25
4/18/2013 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 1809 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 3024/Lot# 23309 $6,756.25
3/28/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6231 $5,581.25
5/4/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189456 $1,937.76
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3919 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base84493810421152127124013712456554765965658869511279022294387706728473328797648660993879101592109764
875972107811911647283839964868563961726709889715958277864827469298754738204589032964501043160
000000399648685639617267098897159582778648274692987547382045890329645000
0000004280517258026380683010843191263327857779713137761884327914559902100
1870 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5965
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 1271
Owner: clarkbaker
 
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