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Obverse of 1880 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1880 Half Dollar


1880 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6362, 6441

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 8,400
Proofs: 1,355

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse of Type I by Christian Gobrecht, Type 2 by William Barber

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 193 grains (12.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1712, sold for $5,060.00

PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 294, plated, sold for $2,760.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1768, sold for $920.00

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8404, not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 469, sold for $488.75

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1023, not plated, sold for $345.00

Extremely Fine or better.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1024, not plated, sold for $345.00

Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 470, sold for $218.50

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service