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Obverse of 1870-S Half Eagle     Reverse of 1870-S Half Eagle


1870-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8321

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 17,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
AU-50 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2218, "Lightly cleaned" @ $4,197.50

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7256, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1411, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 506, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 507, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, August 9, 1967

PCGS VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1266, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS VG-10.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 232, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 6 AU-55's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service