Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,000
Catalog: KM-86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $52.82 (8/3/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S G$1 MS obverse 1870 S G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is the final gold dollar issue of the San Francisco Mint, and an extremely important collecting opportunity. Among issues of this date and mint, we find the following: dimes are collectible, silver dollars are rarities, gold dollars are collectible, quarter eagles are collectible, three dollar gold is unique, half eagles are scarce, eagles are rare, and double eagles are collectible. A set of five gold denomination coins (without the three-dollar piece) represent an attainable goal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1870 S G$1 MS
Base $ 225 250 380 535 1000 1350 1575 1800 2150 3800 4750 8000 13600 26500 50000 - - - -
$ 1100 - 1675 1950 2350 4200 5750 9450 16500 30000 - - -

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Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/10/1998 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7471 $2,875.00
7/21/2004 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1912, 1912/Lot# 1887 $1,100.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7264 $201.25
9/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1999 $432.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4700 $3,818.75
7/11/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1187/Lot# 3514 $3,055.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 116910 $4,405.50
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171548 $316.80
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11232 $1,292.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S G$1 MS
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