Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 415,000
Catalog: KM-100
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.16 (3/29/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S$1 MS obverse 1870 S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Were one to judge from the mintage alone (416,000 pieces struck), it would appear that the 1870 is a fairly common Seated Dollar. This is not the case, however, and the speculation is that quite a large number of this date were melted in 1918-20 under the Pittman Act. High grade coins are as difficult to locate as the several issues that precede it and, as with other dates, proofs are more available than business strikes.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/8/2014

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1870 S$1 MS
Base $ 265 325 375 470 665 665 975 1100 1375 1675 2150 2650 3150 4800 8500 72500 130000 - - - -
$ 740 1075 1200 1500 1800 2350 2950 3450 5250 10500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 220
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1745 $632.50
7/30/2008 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 8709 $417.45
6/14/2010 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2871, 2871/Lot# 1788 $241.50
3/17/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 8548 $488.75
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4104 $2,760.00
6/23/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 120382 $1,029.60
6/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 8657 $1,057.50
7/4/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21362 $808.40
8/3/2014 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 678 $575.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6400
Owner: mr cool
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1290
Owner: nosajio
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