Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,004,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.26 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 S 50C MS obverse 1870 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

WB-101, Breen-4953. There is no drapery visible at Liberty's elbow, a popular variant with Seated Liberty half dollar collectors. This is the usually seen variety with a small and complete mintmark. The S mintmark is located below the arrow feather with only the extreme left curve of this letter extending past the left tip of the feather. Very sharply struck with satiny silver luster and hints of pale gold toning over the otherwise brilliant silver surfaces. A delightful and desirable Gem. Both sides have light planchet roller marks, created during planchet production. In most cases, such lines were obliterated during the actual striking process. The single finest survivor known to NGC, and tied with two others at PCGS at the summit of the combined certified population (8/08). From The Sundance Collection.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1870 S 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 185 365 580 685 825 1000 1300 1650 3150 4750 9250 20000 - - - - -
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Total Graded: 50
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1265 $4,025.00
3/7/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3026, 3026/Lot# 1397 $161.00
4/14/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 110046 $34.85
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3619 $4,700.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7777 $822.50
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98510 $55,812.50
11/2/2014 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10384 $110.00
2/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2046 $3,525.00

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