Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 415,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.66 (3/8/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 $1 MS obverse 1870 $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though it has a mintage similar to that of 1869, the silver dollar of 1870 is much more available across all grades. This indicates that it was not shipped overseas in large numbers, the failure of American standard dollars to find a market in the Far East precluding the reason for additional exports. These coins circulated domestically and became more worn than most preceding Seated Liberty Dollars. While Mint State survivors often are not well struck, they exist in great enough numbers to meet the demand from advanced collectors. Gems, of course, are scarce. This date is found with either frosty or semi-prooflike fields.

Some ten die marriages are known for the currency edition, and this suggests that minting occurred sporadically throughout the year. Seven obverse dies were paired with three reverses, the latter all being unique to this date. There are just enough minor characteristics to identify these dies, though none have features that would make them interesting to variety collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/16/2020

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1870 $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 280 330 375 500 650 875 975 1200 1500 2000 2500 3000 4000 7750 60000 135000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3650 - 13500 74500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 278
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1870 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12310373730202717282121915134-----277
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Total12310373730202717282122015134-----278
 0%1%1%4%13%13%11%7%10%6%10%1%4%7%5%5%1%----- 
1870 $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------1-----------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729754865949109513511438168317992029225025552807305737474817105151293713543141691521318820
737791893998118013801520172218762103235226392890328741046716113221313913752145171641519761
00000015201722187621032352263928903287410467161132213139137521451700
00000016011760195221762453272329743517446086161213013341139601486500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 10515
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 1095
Owner: 123cents
 
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