Owner's Comments

Mintage: 37,355
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

1880 Philadelphia dimes are scarce in all grades, but are more available than the 1879 and 1881 dates. Mint State examples can located without difficulty.

Three obverse dies are paired with two reverse dies to produce business strike and proof coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Low Date, Pearl White Gem Coin

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

As in 1879, production of Dimes took place only at the Philadelphia Mint.  Again, the mintage was small, but it was considerably larger than the previous year (36,000 versus 14,000).  Despite the larger mintage, the 1880 Dime is actually harder to find in Mint State than the 1879.  Even so, the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at a whoppping MS67 and tops out with a single PCGS MS68.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified only three die pairs for this date, only two of which were used for circulation strikes.  Because one of the Proof die pairs was later used on regular issue coins, it is not uncommon to find Prooflike examples that can easily be confused for a Proof.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 36 / 67 TIE 76 / 122 TIE
All Grades 225 R-6.7 44 / 67 93 / 122
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 49 / 67 TIE 96 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade