By Ivan Martinez and Rory Nicholls –
October 5, 2023 at 10:30 AM PDT – Laguna Beach, CA
In the annals of numismatics, the year 1880 stands as a remarkable chapter, where the United States Mint meticulously crafted a set of coins that would later become the epitome of artistic and historical significance. This unique assortment, comprising 16 exquisite coins, not only encapsulates a pivotal period in American coinage but also embodies the nation’s evolving identity and economic prowess during the late 19th century.
A Glimpse into the Late 19th Century America
The late 1800s in America was a time of transformation. Being that America was emerging from the aftermath of the Civil War, industrialization was in full swing, and the economic landscape was rapidly evolving. This period was also marked by advancements in how American coinage was minted and a sort of renaissance in coin design, which led to the creation of some of the most iconic coins in American history.
In 1880, the United States Mint produced a set of coins that represented the diverse denominations in circulation at the time. From the Indian Cent, a testament to the nation’s westward expansion, to the imposing Liberty Head Double Eagle, symbolizing economic prosperity, each coin in the 1880 Proof Set tells a unique story about the era it was born in.
A Glimpse into Rarity and Elegance
Within this numismatic treasure trove, the 1880 Proof Set represents a harmonious blend of artistry and historical significance. This set not only includes the more commonly known coins like the Indian Cent and Morgan Silver Dollar but also showcases rare and experimental pieces, such as the elusive and very rare Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair Stellas. These $4 gold coins, although never circulated, are a testament to the Mint’s innovative spirit, representing attempts to introduce new denominations into American currency.
The complete 1880 Proof Set consists of 16 coins, representing various denominations and designs produced by the United States Mint that year. These coins include:
PCGS# 2328 | PF66+RB | PCGS POP 10/12 | CAC POP 5-10/4
Blazing and nearly full RED appearance
PCGS# 3776 | PF67 | PCGS POP 52/4 | CAC POP 29/1
PCGS# 83835 | PF67 CAM | PCGS POP 29/6 | CAC POP 16/0
Tied to the finest cameo CAC graded.
PCGS# 84777 | PF67 CAM | PCGS POP 9/1 | CAC POP 7/1
PCGS# 5581 | PF65 CAM | PCGS POP 46/58 | CAC POP 8/20
Attractive original color.
PCGS# 6441 | PF66 | PCGS POP 20/9 | CAC POP 12/2
Stunning original color.
1880 Trade $1
PCGS# 7060 | PF67 | PCGS POP 5/2 | CAC POP 5/0
Stunning original color.
1880 $1 Morgan
PCGS# 87315 | PF67+ CAM | PCGS POP 4/11 | CAC POP 7/5
Spectacular bullseye toning.
1880 $1 Gold
PCGS# 97630| PF66+ DCAM | PCGS POP 1/1 | CAC POP 1/1
Second finest known. Deep cameo and tremendous contrast
PCGS# 97906| PF65+ DCAM | PCGS POP 1/13 | CAC POP 2/1
PCGS# 88044| PF66+ CAM | PCGS POP 1/0 | CAC POP 1/0
Single finest known. Gold CAC sticker. Graded 67 CAC
1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella
PCGS# 880459| PF66 CAM | PCGS POP 2/2 | CAC POP N/A
The total mintage is estimated between 25-35. Only 20-25 are known in all grades.
1880 Flowing Hair $4 Stella
PCGS# 88060| PF65+ CAM | PCGS POP 1/0 | CAC POP 1/0
The total mintage is 10 (8-10 known). This coin is the finest known. The highest graded.
PCGS# 98475| PF66 DCAM | PCGS POP 1/0 | CAC POP 1/0
Single finest known, and the only coin of any grade of DCAM. Mintage of only 36. 18-22 known.
PCGS# 88820| PF64 CAM | PCGS POP 1/0 | CAC POP 2/0
Mintage of 36, only 8-12 known. Finest PCGS graded coin and tied for the finest CAC graded.
PCGS# 99096| PF64 DCAM | PCGS POP 1/1 | CAC POP 1/2
Mintage of 36, only 10-12 known. Spectacular cameo with deep mirrors.
*Please note that the Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair Stellas were pattern coins (prototypes) and were not mass-produced for circulation. This makes them exceptionally rare and highly sought after by collectors.
Recently, this collection has been featured on the cover of major industry publications and displayed by PCGS at recent numismatic conferences and trade shows.
Tangible Investments Inc.’s Unprecedented Collection
Evidently, In the realm of numismatics, Tangible Investments Inc. stands out as a symbol of expertise and quality. Renowned for their discerning eye and commitment to preserving history, the experts at Tangible Investments Inc. have taken several years to curate a collection that transcends the ordinary. Their possession of the finest known 1880 Proof Set, complete with the rarest additions of Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair Stellas, sets a new standard in the world of coin collecting.
What makes this collection even more extraordinary is its availability through a private setting. Public auctions often dictate the fate of rare coin collections. However, Tangible Investments Inc. breaks the mold by offering this unparalleled collection privately. This approach not only adds an air of exclusivity to the transaction but also allows passionate collectors and investors the opportunity to acquire these historical gems in a more personal and intimate manner.
“Before the addition of the world-class Stellas, the 1880 Proof Set with Gold was rated number one by PCGS,” explained Silvano DiGenova, owner and CEO of Tangible Investments, Inc. DiGenova has been professionally trading coins for more than 40 years. He has been in the coin buying and selling business for more than 50 years.
DiGenova adds: “This would be by far the most-impressive single collection that we’ve been fortunate to handle.”
DiGenova’s team is headed by Mike Bonham, executive vice president of Tangible Investments, Inc., for over 30 years. Bonham said the 1880 Proof Set with Gold is the most impressive collection he has ever had the privilege of handling.
This collection is unique – nobody could duplicate what we have.-Sil DiGenova, Owner and CEO, Tangible Investments
Investment Potential: Beyond Numismatics
Beyond the sheer joy of collecting, the 1880 Proof Set, of unparalleled quality and rarity, presents a compelling investment opportunity. Historically, rare coins have demonstrated their ability to appreciate significantly over time, often outperforming traditional investment avenues. The collection is currently insured for $9 million. Certainly this highlights its substantial overall value. Therefore, with the scarcity of such a complete and flawless 1880 Proof Set in the market, its future value is expected to surge as demand from both collectors and investors intensifies.
Moreover, the intrinsic historical and artistic value of these coins ensures their enduring appeal, making them not just a prudent investment but also a legacy to be passed down through generations. The economic landscape continues to evolve. Tangible assets like rare coin collections provide a hedge against market volatility, adding a layer of stability to any investment portfolio.
A Timeless Legacy
In the world of numismatics, the 1880 Proof Set stands as a testament to the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the late 19th century. Each coin tells a story of a nation in flux. Unquestionably, they navigate the complexities of progress and tradition. Tangible Investments Inc.’s possession of this unparalleled collection elevates the narrative. Thus, turning it into a tangible, awe-inspiring experience for enthusiasts and investors alike.
This extraordinary collection awaits its discerning owner. It not only promises a journey into history but also the prospect of a fruitful investment. In the hands of a passionate collector or investor, these coins are not just relics; they are a timeless legacy, a tangible link to a bygone era. A true testament to the enduring allure of numismatics. This collection, beyond its monetary value, embodies the spirit of discovery. This set is about preserving a piece of history for generations to come.
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