Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $62.09 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 8/29/2017

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1870 S G$1 MS
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Base $ 275 325 475 650 1075 1450 1600 1800 2350 2850 3250 3750 8300 13500 38000 58500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4750 - - 43000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/9/2003 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1736, 1736/Lot# 1462 $1,430.00
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
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3916 $6,462.50
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171548 $316.80
9/7/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1259/Lot# 4807 $4,080.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 G$1 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base418494584684925127114501609184719892183230224643057373046306820950813346190572766340786
4435246177641040133015031688189420532222235626613281403053607716107871524921925320370
0000001503168818942053222223562661328140305360771610787152492192500
0000001556176719412118226224102859350543306090861212066171532479400
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