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

1870-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
6329
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,004,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$67,563 • PCGS MS65 • 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 400 R-6.2 9 / 45 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 8 / 45 29 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Usibelli Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5255, $67,562.50

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2013 - Richard Genaitis Collection - Heritage 10/2001:6991 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98510, $55,812.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7102, $34,500

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Usibelli Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5255, $67,562.50

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2013 - Richard Genaitis Collection - Heritage 10/2001:6991 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98510, $55,812.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7102, $34,500

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
6 MS63+ PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1870, employees at the San Francisco Mint produced over one million Half Dollars.  This was larger than the Half Dollar production at the Philadelphia and Carson City Mints combined.  Nonetheless, because of the great distance between the San Francisco Mint and collectors back East, very few 1870-S Half Dollars ended up in collections.  This is best illustrated by comparing the 1870-S with the 1871, which has a slightly larger mintage than the 1870-S.  However, far more Uncirculated examples of the 1871 have survived compared with the 1870-S.  This large discrepancy can be attributed to the presence of far more collectors surrounding the Philadelphia Mint.

Less than two dozen Mint State 1870-S Half Dollars exist.  Most grade MS62.  Gems are extremely rare and none are known above MS65.