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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1870 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6327
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
633,900
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,850 • PCGS MS67 • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 700 R-5.6 21 / 45 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 17 / 45 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 13 / 45 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2016:3867, $7,050 - Heritage 10/2016:3142, $6,463

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2016:3867, $7,050 - Heritage 10/2016:3142, $6,463

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS64+ PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: At 633,900 coins, the 1870 Half Dollar has just a slightly lower mintage than the 1869-S of the previous year.  However, because it was from an Eastern Mint, the 1870 Half Dollar is much more common in most grades.  In Mint State, the 1870 is slightly more common than the 1869-S but usually sells for much less, making it seem like an excellent value.  The initial quality of the 1870 Half Dollars was good.  The luster is usually frosty, bagmarks are minimal, and the strike is strong, if not full.  All in all, this is a great representative of the With Motto type.