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: $155.48 (10/17/2017)
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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1870 S $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/5/2001 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 7697 $333.50
7/18/2001 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1461, 1461/Lot# 1854 $316.50
9/23/2007 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1658 $460.00
3/23/2009 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 351, 357/Lot# 1339 $431.25
12/16/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131252/Lot# 24379 $485.28
7/14/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 106908 $360.80
9/16/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3448, 3448/Lot# 2546 $675.00
10/10/2014 PCGS VF 25   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15754 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $2.5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base527570615680863111014041649258830333570387239754565638277518167859890469512999510495
541585636741945120814851962273632123670390641715170683878898310874792019673101610
0000001485196227363212367039064171517068387889831087479201967300
0000001567227528843391377139404368577672948028845488969356983400
1870 $2.5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65380282088294111661455168319692197280738684141469463247403150262318436176374673879240151
70380884190210161262153117782045240031613959432552376684994417745275153660637909392450
00000015311778204524003161395943255237668499441774527515366063790900
000000160718742121260435144050451057817043124852046531845370373835000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2197
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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