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: $57.91 (11/24/2014)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/15/2014

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1883 G$1 MS
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Base $ 130 140 180 235 290 290 325 350 375 475 575 725 775 1025 1275 2150 2375 4950 14250 31000 -
$ 300 350 375 400 500 600 750 810 1100 1475 2300 3100 6750 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 480
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/2000 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1313, 1313/Lot# 1395 $422.00
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 10100 $3,565.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1296 $350.75
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3664 $1,265.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 3586 $2,185.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12238 $2,530.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 203074 $578.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base453471502575752776783787811853884111013451483154717072513283937305628799710271
45948152663476077878479582586395911881391150416001975262131364362641787550
00000078479582586395911881391150416001975262131364362641700
000000785803839873103412661437152516532244273034334995720700
1883 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base487507539615802828835838865908941117714231566163317992636297338945851828510617
493517564677810830836847879919101912591470158816882078274832804546666290620
000000836847879919101912591470158816882078274832804546666200
000000837856893930109813411518161017432357286035875198747300
1883 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30456558662073595498810211044105910811095125613802102242132383386436964831022613606
3915725976588089659991028104910661085114812971620220826933287371350737730113520
000000999102810491066108511481297162022082693328737135073773000
0000001010103610541073109012021338186123142965333640415778897800
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