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: $6.45 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 50C MS obverse 1880 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date was struck only to extent needed to satisfy the demand from coin collectors and gift givers. It's production was higher than in 1879, as speculative interest grew in such limited edition half dollars. Mint State survivors are plentiful in relation to the number coined, with numerous gems available to collectors. Worn examples are actually more elusive.

Wiley and Bugert identified two die marriages for the 1880 currency strike half dollar. All coins of this issue are from a single collar having 152 reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1880 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 340 490 540 700 925 940 975 1080 1150 1180 1180 1200 1650 2075 4200 6000 17500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2150 4800 8250 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1880 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12-1442-255115151910106---93
---------------1-1----2
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Total12-1442-255115152010116---95
 1 %2 %-1 %4 %4 %2 %-2 %5 %5 %1 %1 %5 %16 %21 %11 %12 %6 %--- 
1880 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1212131---11
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-----------------1----1
Total------------1212141---12
 ------------8 %17 %8 %17 %8 %33 %8 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/18/2000 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1359, 1359/Lot# 1370 $272.50
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 243 $1,035.00
10/7/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77107 $810.48
11/15/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33760 $2,820.00
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
10/10/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15262 $458.25
5/12/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98495 $8,225.00


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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Grade: AU Details
Points: 728
Owner: 123cents
 
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