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

1870 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR66
PCGS #:
6428
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,150 • NGC PR67 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 650 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 630 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 4 / 25 TIE 22 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade
3 PR66 PCGS grade
3 PR66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade
3 PR66 PCGS grade
3 PR66 PCGS grade  
3 PR66 PCGS grade  
3 PR66 estimated grade  
3 PR66 estimated grade  
9 PR65+ PCGS grade  
9 PR65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1870, production of Proof Half Dollars jumped from 600 to 1,000 coins, presumably because of increased collector demand.   Even with the larger mintage, however, the number of survivors of this date is not very much higher than that of the 1869 Half Dollar.  The grade distribution of Proof 1870 Half Dollars mirrors that of 1869, meaning that the most frequently-seen grade is PR64.  Cameo Proof 1870 Half Dollars are very, very rare -- much more so than in previous years.  This makes the odds very small that a Deep Cameo Proof 1870 Half Dollar will ever appear on the market (PCGS has not yet graded one as on 5/2018).