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1870-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
6329
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
1,004,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 25
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.0
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 45
60 or Better 8 / 45
65 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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
#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.