Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 50C PF obverse 1870 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

For reasons unknown the number of silver proof sets (which included the minor coins, too) rose dramatically in 1870 from the past several years. There doesn't appear to be any measurable increase in the survival rate, and gems are still quite elusive for the 1870 half dollar.

Walter Breen identified two obverse dies for this issue, these paired to a single reverse that had been annually since 1868.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1870 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 750 990 1430 1930 4150 6750 21500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4600 - - -
1870 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3300 6600 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1870 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------125122930301473---133
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Total---------125122930301473---133
 ---------1 %2 %4 %9 %22 %23 %23 %11 %5 %2 %--- 
1870 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2------2
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Total---------------2------2
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1997 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0909, 909/Lot# 1348 $517.75
5/31/2004 NGC PF 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 735 $1,380.00
10/9/2008 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 290, 296/Lot# 5918 $1,725.00
3/17/2011 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 8185 $690.00
12/30/2012 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 93027 $4,706.90
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 184530 $1,200.00
6/30/2014 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20313 $1,733.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1507155115971644169117401791184118931946200120552238243326402860401642734541482152956988
1522156616131660170717571808185819111964201921162303250227133245410243624634497958590
0000001808185819111964201921162303250227133245410243624634497900
0000001824187619281983203721772368257127873631418744524728513700
1870 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163116781727177618271878193119852041209721542212240526102828305942734541608972491134216502
16471694174317931844189619492004206021162173227624732683290534644362505764768613130620
0000001949200420602116217322762473268329053464436250576476861300
0000001967202220782135219323412542275529823868445255736862997800
1870 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941972100510371072110711421178121612551294133314211683208725103747421770147400804810333
95198310161049108411191154119112291268130713621508181822282922390451497143761688100
0000001154119112291268130713621508181822282922390451497143761600
0000001166120312421281132013921596195223693335406060827271783200
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 4217
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 3747
Owner: ddr70
 
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