Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 633,900
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.70 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 50C MS obverse 1870 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Those of us who handle coins on a daily basis take much for granted. We assume certain dates are 'easy' to find in mint condition. But stop and consider for a moment how extraordinary it is that any coins have come down to us from 1870 in mint state. 1870 was the year Prussia launched its offensive against the French Republic and occupied Paris. Native American tribes were still living on the Great Plains, not on reservations. General Custer still had six years of life left before making his fateful decision to enter Little Big Horn. And here is a coin that had a considerable amount of purchasing power in 1870, struck for circulation, yet was never actually handled in the channels of commerce.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1870 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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9/13/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 1933 $575.00
11/16/2008 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2612, 2612/Lot# 1678 $138.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1332 $1,006.25
4/13/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 178018 $200.20
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21324 $152.75
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10382 $325.00
1/18/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131504/Lot# 28160 $84.00
11/15/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131547/Lot# 27124 $376.00
7/7/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1237/Lot# 3867 $7,050.00


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