Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,620
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6700g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.60 (9/19/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 G$1 MS obverse 1881 G$1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although the Philadelphia Mint only struck 7,620 gold dollar coins in 1881, many were saved by speculators and investors. Luckily for the numismatic community of today, this means that a large number of high grade examples have survived. In fact, NGC has graded numerous examples in MS68, and even three in MS69! (11/2016)

Only 87 proofs were produced this year, and it's likely that half or less still exist.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1881 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 170 260 275 350 390 405 440 490 585 610 650 900 1250 1750 2500 3850 12500 48500 -
$ - - - - - - - 775 - - 1900 2500 5600 24000

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 375
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1881 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------111714433844306262323-347
---------------1112---5
-----------------271--10
-----------------------
Total---------111714433845316571333-362
 ---------0 %3 %2 %4 %12 %10 %12 %9 %18 %20 %9 %1 %- 
1881 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------113103421--25
----------------1-11--3
-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
Total------------113104632--30
 ------------3 %3 %10 %33 %13 %20 %10 %7 %-- 
1881 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------111------3
-----------------1-1--2
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total-------------111-1-1--5
 -------------20 %20 %20 %-20 %-20 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1295 $713.00
1/18/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2147, 2147/Lot# 1774 $2,408.00
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
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# 5318 $2,185.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31165 $330.18
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8346 $1,066.90


NGC Registry

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