Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $434.02 (5/6/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 $5 MS obverse 1870 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a higher mintage, the 1870 half eagle is just as rare as the 1869 in all grades (4,035 pieces and 1,785 pieces, respectively). What's more, this issue was not spared the rigors of circulation and the few surviving specimens generally grade no higher than XF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1870 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1870 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----64837810-1---------47
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Total----64837810-1---------47
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1749179918471941219428573386372240374427540070087556333333333
1766181518782025241530333498382741674751593671917556333333333
0000003498382741674751593671917556333333300
0000003610393242975076647273737556333333300
1870 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658170717531843208727273238356438684246519167537287333333333
1674172217831924230028973347366539944561571269317287333333333
0000003347366539944561571269317287333333300
0000003455376741204876623271097287333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5191
Owner: Gig Em
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5191
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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