Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.24 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 50C MS obverse 1880 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck only 8,400 mint state and 1,355 proof half dollars in 1880. Today, the lower mintage proof is actually more common, likely due to a much higher survival rate. However, mint state coins are available up to the MS67 level.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1880 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 490 515 615 800 825 875 925 1025 1075 1100 1200 1575 2050 4300 6800 17750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4800 8000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
4/5/2001 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 6552 $672.75
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 243 $1,035.00
8/7/2005 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2075, 2075/Lot# 1284 $1,288.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7137 $1,495.00
10/7/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77107 $810.48
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3867 $1,527.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4539 $1,645.00
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10411 $495.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4513 $1,762.50
4/27/2016 PCGS VF 25   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7944 $564.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147752759767472581189197110211092113811521219127116292807328142905464738710171
1594935506226917538379179871044110711421174123613902021296536174681610583150
0000008379179871044110711421174123613902021296536174681610500
00000086494410041068112211471196125315092414312339535072674600
1880 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base831891103610811206142114881455148815211673170717531808194923853620440363245464738710171
85193910511123127814431488146614991572168417221771185520942797388150436324610583150
0000001488146614991572168417221771185520942797388150436324610500
0000001488147715101622169617381790190222403208414256846324674600
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