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: $55.21 (10/8/2015)
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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/28/2015

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1883 G$1 MS
Base $ 130 140 180 235 290 325 350 375 475 650 725 950 1175 2150 2600 4350 18800 38000 -
$ 300 - 365 400 500 700 775 1050 1275 2300 3100 5500 -

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Total Graded: 475
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
12/8/1995 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 Baltimore Bullet #147, 147/Lot# 407 $1,265.00
1/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 4676 $2,070.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 68   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2106 $9,775.00
11/30/2009 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2778, 2778/Lot# 1740 $862.50
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1152/Lot# 4315 $1,265.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9212 $805.00
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4763 $1,938.75
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108647 $880.00
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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