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: $8.17 (11/30/2020)
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: 8/31/2016

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1870 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 650 750 1075 1425 2100 4150 6750 21500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4600 - - -
1870 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3300 6600 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 136
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: 11/24/2020 1870 50C PF
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Base---------125122929321473---134
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Total---------125122929321573---135
 ---------1%1%4%9%21%21%24%11%5%2%--- 
1870 50C PF CA
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Base---------------2------2
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Total---------------2------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 50C PF CA
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Base1507155115971644169117401791184118931946200120552238243326402860401642734541482152956988
1522156616131660170717571808185819111964201921162303250227133245410243624634497958597337
0000001808185819111964201921162303250227133245410243624634497900
0000001824187619281983203721772368257127873631418744524728513700
1870 50C PF UC
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Base163116781727177618271878193119852041209721542212240526102828305942734541608972491134216502
164716941743179318441896194920042060211621732276247326832905346443625057647686131306217327
0000001949200420602116217322762473268329053464436250576476861300
0000001967202220782135219323412542275529823868445255736862997800
1870 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941972100510371072110711421178121612551294133314211683208725103747421770147400804810333
951983101610491084111911541191122912681307136215081818222829223904514971437616881010850
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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