Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 16,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $238.60 (8/3/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 7/31/2020

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1870 S $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 146
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/28/2020 1870 S $2.5 MS
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Base----1313221415233416311------146
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Total----1313221415233416311------146
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base527570615680863111014041649258830333570387239754565638277518167859890469512999510495
541585636741945120814851962273632123670390641715170683878898310874792019673101610
0000001485196227363212367039064171517068387889831087479201967300
0000001567227528843391377139404368577672948028845488969356983400
1870 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65380282088294111661455168319692197280738684141469463247403150262318436176374673879240151
70380884190210161262153117782045240031613959432552376684994417745275153660637909392450
00000015311778204524003161395943255237668499441774527515366063790900
000000160718742121260435144050451057817043124852046531845370373835000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2197
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 1166
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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