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1880 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1880 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1880 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8351, 8475, 98475

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,166,400
Proofs: 36

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 536, illustrated, sold for $41,400.00  From the Bowers & Merena sale of tyhe Garrett Collection, November 1979, Lot 490; purchased by T. Harrison Garrett from the Philadelphia Mint, February 10, 1880; tied for finest graded by PCGS

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 718, not illustrated, not sold.  The bottom of the 0 in the date has broken, and the bottom of that numeral is now filled with a sizeable and highly noticeable cud.  This is the first time we have noticed this phenomenon for the date.  

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8998, not plated, sold for $517.50

Brilliant Uncirculated, claims to Choice.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1748, not plated, sold for $373.75

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1124, not plated, sold for $120.75

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service