Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,620
Catalog: KM-86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $62.70 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 G$1 MS obverse 1881 G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1881, only 7,620 business strike gold dollars were produced by the Philadelphia Mint, and a surprising number still exist in Superb Gem condition. In his A Guide Book of United States Type Coins, Q. David Bowers writes, 'Gold dollars of the Type III style did not circulate extensively (except in the West), and today most pieces grade EF or better. Mint State coins abound, particularly for the dates 1879 through 1889, during which time they were a popular investment and speculation.' Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth (2006) note that 'The 1881 gold dollar is best known for the quality of the known specimens.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2014

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1881 G$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 140 180 235 290 290 325 350 375 475 575 725 775 1050 1350 2200 2750 5000 14000 32500 -
$ 300 350 375 400 500 600 750 810 1125 1550 2400 3150 7900 19500
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 366
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69


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4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1204/Lot# 6140


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7/15/2001 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1459, 1459/Lot# 1172 $2,004.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1295 $713.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1321 $4,600.00
9/16/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 62117 $5,335.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4450 $14,100.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 65   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5449 $2,585.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31165 $330.18
2/27/2014 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5153 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4534715025757297527607647878911021111013931450161917532501285439525806877812580
4594815266267367547617718219341050120414121506166320022618322045706796100450
000000761771821934105012041412150616632002261832204570679600
000000762779856977108012981431156217082251273635865188778700
1881 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4875075396157778028118158389481084117714721531170818472623298941236034908712982
4935175646697858058128228749931115127514911590175421052745336747607051103850
000000812822874993111512751491159017542105274533674760705100
0000008138309111038114613731511164918002364286737455397806900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3952
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2989
Owner: Thornton
 
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