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: $492.86 (8/9/2020)
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: 5/29/2020

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1870 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 875 1150 2225 3425 5350 6950 11200 16850 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
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: 8/4/2020 1870 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-238161218813152-----------97
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Total-238161218813152-----------97
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1531161716441697207231743800414045895367675733333333333
1560162616621822243933833913429048485830675733333333330
0000003913429048485830675733333333300
0000004027443951086294675733333333300
1870 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450153115581609196930333639396844035158650933333333333
1477154015751729232432353749411346555608650933333333330
0000003749411346555608650933333333300
0000003858425849066059650933333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6509
Owner: Jaclizz
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5158
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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