Expert Comments

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.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
633900
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
65
Pop Lower
109
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 21 / 45 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 60 R-8.4 17 / 45 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 13 / 45 TIE 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

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

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade