Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $438.72 (8/4/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 S $5 MS obverse 1870 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As an issue, the 1870-S (17,000 pieces produced) is more difficult to locate than the already scarce 1868-S, 1869-S, 1871-S, and 1872-S. The absence of Mint State survivors, as well as the dearth of AU representatives, guarantees the present example's place on the Condition Census. Both major grading services report only five examples in AU 55 with a lone AU 58 NGC specimen finer (5/00).

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1870 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 875 1150 1850 3000 4750 6500 8750 15000 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/3/2021 1870 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-238161218813162-----------98
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Total-238161218813162-----------98
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1429147216711941248631493805389444725076632464546817719575887997842289469495100681088011740
1443153817612123270733683835408746735492636765756943732677248139859791299686103391116712327
00000038354087467354926367657569437326772481398597912996861033900
00000038644279487559086411669670697457786182808771931298771060900
1870 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135113931583184323683009364437304290487660896215656869357318771681308641917697351052811367
136514561670201825823221367339174485528061316333669070637451785483008819936299991080811935
0000003673391744855280613163336690706374517854830088199362999900
00000037014103468156856173645068137190758379928471899895491026400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6089
Owner: Jaclizz
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4876
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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