1970-S 1C Large Date, RD MS67RD Certification #33288054, PCGS #2939

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1970-S Cents are found with either a Small Date or a Large Date.  Both varieties are common, but collectors like to have one of each.  To tell the two varieties apart, draw an imaginary line that connects the top of the 9 and the 0 of the date and another connecting the bottom of the 1 and the bottom of the 0.  On the Large Date, the top of the 7 will be below the top line and the tip of the 7 will below the lower line.  On the Small Date, the top of the 7 appears to touch the top line and will not go below the lower line.  Both varieties are readily available in Mint State, though only a few have been certified at the MS67 level and none have been graded higher.

Rick Snow offered a great tip for telling the two varieties apart: the word LIBERTY is weak on the Small Date but strong on the Large Date.


Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Designer
Victor David Brenner/Frank Gasparro
Edge
Plain
Mintage
693192814
Weight
3.11 grams
Metal Content
95% Copper, 5% Zinc
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
3
Pop Lower
2110
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded