|Bowers & Merena||Auction||The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale||Aug-2010||Fontaine Collection. CAC||1880 Liberty Half Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC. OGH--First Generation. With a high mintage of 3.1 million pieces and a good rate of survival, the 1880 is a plentiful 1880s Half Eagle in terms of total number of coins known. Gems are surprisingly rare, however, and premium Gems in MS-66 are all but unknown.
A pop 1/0 condition rarity on the PCGS Population Report, this coin is tied with one other MS-66 at NGC for Condition Census #1. Silky smooth in sheen, the surfaces are devoid of even trivial distractions. Bold-to-sharp in strike, as well, with pretty rose-red patina to a lustrous, softly frosted finish. Probable finest known for the issue, this coin is sure to see spirited bidding at auction.