Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,355
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.27 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 50C PF obverse 1880 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of half dollars for circulation generated speculative interest in both those coins and the accompanying proofs. Though the trade dollar was sold separately from the rest of the silver proof set, its proof-only status only added to the generally heightened interest in proofs across the board. Some 1,000 proof half dollars were delivered in the first quarter of 1880 and another 400 in the second. Most of these did sell, resulting in a net proof mintage of 1,355 pieces.

This large production is evident in the number of certified proofs dated 1880, which is higher than for most years in the Seated Liberty series. Even gems seem to have survived to a higher extent, though Cameo proofs at the gem level are comparatively rare.

Three die marriages are known for this issue, though specifics are lacking at this time and await publication of Bill Bugert's Die Registry for later Philadelphia halves. Both the Type 1 reverse of 1866-76 and the Type 2 of 1876-91 may be found on 1880 proof half dollars.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1880 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 550 600 780 935 1280 1790 3700 5550 14000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2250 - - - -
1880 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1150 1250 1600 2300 4500 7600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1250 1700 2600 5250 12250 - -
1880 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8750 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 383
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 10/8/2019 1880 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------131516347190422510---298
-----------------2----2
---------------11-----2
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Total--------131516347191432710---302
 --------0 %1 %0 %2 %5 %11 %24 %30 %14 %9 %3 %--- 
1880 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------149132618122---85
-----------------2----2
----------------3-----3
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Total-----------149132621142---90
 -----------1 %4 %10 %14 %29 %23 %16 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 969 $1,351.25
3/7/2011 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 3026, 3026/Lot# 1402 $1,207.50
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7191 $27,600.00
12/30/2012 PCGS PF AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 93028 $508.20
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2200 $3,290.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 61   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9073 $822.50
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1160 $2,115.00
7/9/2015 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3986 $3,055.00
8/18/2015 NGC PF 62   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42450 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1100113411711208124612851325136614061450149315381686184321612671356443614634491853997116
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738194923312969383044524729507859710
0000001339137914211464150815871738194923312969383044524729507800
0000001352139314351479152316371791205525013266409545434823523900
1880 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2396245925242590265627242794286529373010308531623412367839584254456548475141544859667810
2417248125462612267927472818288929613035311132453501377140574358465949455243562165810
0000002818288929613035311132453501377140574358465949455243562100
0000002841291329863060313633293589386541554461475350435346579300
1880 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base785813842870900931962994102710621095125213691599202925403365398473177715838310735
794823851880910941973100510391073114712911446174221992815357150957450793891670
000000973100510391073114712911446174221992815357150957450793800
000000983101610501084120013301522188623703090377862067582816000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 7317
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 4361
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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