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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1880 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6362
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,400
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,770 • MS64 • 7-28-1997 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 34 / 45 TIE 93 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4393, $19,975 - “The Type Set” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3142, $9,123.88

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4393, $19,975 - “The Type Set” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3142, $9,123.88

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1880 was another small-mintage year for Half Dollars.  Only 8,400 were struck for circulation and 975 as Proofs.  As in 1879, most of the 1880 Half Dollars are Prooflike, some deceptively so, and values are nearly identical for both dates in most grades.  However, the 1880 is not as plentiful as the 1879, so it appears to be a good value for collectors (it's always nice to receive higher rarity for the same price).  For a real challenge, try to obtain an 1880 Half in MS67!