Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 16,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $141.96 (12/25/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S $2.5 MS obverse 1870 S $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Only 16,000 quarter eagles were struck at San Francisco in 1870, making this a deservedly scarce issue. Although somewhat available through the lower AU grade levels, near-Mint survivors are only encountered with the greatest infrequency in today's numismatic marketplace.

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1870 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 345 440 485 485 940 1050 1325 2550 5050 5750 7750 16900 25500 - - - - - -
$ 550 1050 1150 1450 2800 5500 6250 8500 18100 27500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 138
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/23/2007 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1658 $460.00
11/18/2007 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67114, 67114/Lot# 24460 $805.00
4/2/2008 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2511, 2511/Lot# 1919 $1,288.00
3/9/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 344, 350/Lot# 1093 $465.75
11/11/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20889 $352.50
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4792 $13,512.50
1/6/2013 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 94105 $375.10
9/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9491 $367.78
6/3/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4556 $735.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3603924294635028821469188624332727310333243447390256569859150262318436176374673879240151
37040444047662810771608206825312852317633653598448670571158117745275143660637908392450
000000160820682531285231763365359844867057115811774527514366063790800
000000174722502629297732503406375050718458133032046431845370363835000
1870 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base527570615680863111014041649258830333570387239754565638277518167859890469512999510495
541585636741945120814851962273632123670390641715170683878898310874792019673101610
0000001485196227363212367039064171517068387889831087479201967300
0000001567227528843391377139404368577672948028845488969356983400
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2727
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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