Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,800
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: $54.97 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1883 G$1 MS obverse 1883 G$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The country was in a bit of an upheaval when this coin was struck. President James A. Garfield had narrowly won the election of 1880 and entered the White House in early 1881. In July of that year an embittered attorney shot Garfield, severely wounding him and he died two months later. That swept Chester Arthur into the Presidency in 1881. Arthur demonstrated that he was above factions within the Republican Party, and seemed to go against long-standing friendships with those who wanted political favors of him. In 1882 the Arthur Administration enacted the first general immigration law. Arthur approved a measure in 1882 to exclude 'paupers, criminals, and lunatics' from entering the country. Congress also suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making this restriction permanent. By 1883 Congress passed the Pendleton Act, which established a bipartisan Civil Service Commission, which made certain Government positions obtainable only through competitive written examinations and protected employees against removal for political reasons. Arthur also tried to lower tariff rates to reduce the annual surpluses collected, but Congress in turn raised as many tariff limits as he cut. Arthur helped push through Congress the Tariff Act of 1883, but this hurt certain Westerners and Southerners who flocked to the Democratic Party to redress this slight. Arthur lost the next election, as the political winds turned against him. Considering how distrusted Arthur was at the time he entered the White House, by the time he left he had earned much respect from both parties as an able administrator.

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Last Updated: 3/20/2015

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1883 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 180 235 290 325 350 375 475 725 775 1025 1275 2150 2375 4950 14250 31000 -
$ 300 - 365 400 500 750 810 1100 1475 2300 3100 6750 -

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Total Graded: 473
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

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11/6/2007 NGC MS 67   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 1819 $5,175.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 67   Deep Prooflike Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1336 $4,485.00
11/30/2009 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2778, 2778/Lot# 1740 $862.50
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1152/Lot# 4316 $13,800.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5324 $1,955.00
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5154 $1,645.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 203074 $578.60
9/21/2014 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 822, 831/Lot# 254 $925.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 G$1 MS
1883 G$1 MS Prooflike
1883 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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