Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 11,758
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $19.68 (4/13/2021)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 CC $1 MS obverse 1870 CC $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1870 Carson City silver dollar is a fascinating coin for several reasons. The most compelling, of course, is that it's the first emission of this storied mint in Nevada. It's also the only CC-Mint Seated Liberty Dollar that's affordable to the majority of collectors. Despite its small mintage (Osburn/Cushing cite R. W. Julian's research to place the actual number at 12,462), examples survive in fair numbers across all circulated grades, though Mint State pieces are very scarce. The latter typically are semi-prooflike, enough so to indicate that the mint deliberately polished the dies before each press run.

Coinage was sporadic throughout the year, and this accounts for the large number of dies used for such a small production. Nine die marriages have been confirmed from the mixing of four obverses with six reverses, one of which continued on into 1871. None of these varieties are interesting enough to attract any but the series specialist. Nevertheless, a great many collectors desire to own a single example of this historic issue.

The early coins of this mint circulated extensively, and it's interesting to note that a great many were sent east to supplement the production of the Philadelphia Mint when silver coins began to re-enter commerce during the mid-1870s. These coins seldom included dollars, however, as coining of this denomination was terminated in 1873.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/16/2020

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1870 CC $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1000 1300 2000 2750 5000 6000 8000 8850 19000 25000 27000 30000 44500 155000 240000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 247
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1870 CC $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2616205124261618282228241------246
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Total2616205124261618282228241------246
 1%2%7%8%21%10%11%7%7%11%9%1%3%1%2%0%------ 
1870 CC $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 CC $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15131558184320872555350637654565493555156595728775977859892913197154881617916893176291885523065
152816531924224328723592403246885128587568267390768482161035213961157181641717138180382025824218
0000004032468851285875682673907684821610352139611571816417171381803800
0000004298481253226235705674947772857211774147241594916655173841844600
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 8929
Owner: mr cool
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 4565
Owner: WSB3
 
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