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: $12.07 (10/5/2015)
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: 9/22/2015

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

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Total Graded: 225
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
12/8/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 6392 $17,250.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1745 $632.50
10/19/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2107, 2107/Lot# 1837 $616.00
7/24/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 97, 102/Lot# 775 $425.50
12/16/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 85165 $1,155.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4911 $7,637.50
6/16/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20551 $411.25
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6286 $411.25
10/8/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 8178 $381.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 10515
Owner: mr cool
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1290
Owner: nosajio
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