The 1870 Seated Liberty half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1870 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1870
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .3599 oz.
Total Weight: 12.44 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $7.56

The US minted the 1870 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1870 CC half dollar and 1870 S half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1870 Philadelphia 633,900
1870 CC New Orleans 54,617
1870 S San Francisco 1,004,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $7.56 as of October 04, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.00 per ounce.

The 1870 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $100 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $300. In extremely fine condition the value is around $450. In uncirculated condition the price is around $725 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,500.

The 1870 CC half dollar is worth around $1,750 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $5,250. In extremely fine condition the value is around $11,000. In uncirculated condition the price is around $87,500 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $225,000.

The 1870 S half dollar is worth around $100 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $300. In extremely fine condition the value is around $500. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,950 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $4,500.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $1,250 in PR 63 condition. There were 1,000 proof coins minted.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is mostly sharp.

Extremely fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is completely sharp. The edges on the scroll are distinct.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

PR 63 proof- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book