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: $60.23 (6/29/2017)
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.




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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2016

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1881 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 170 225 240 375 425 450 475 525 575 600 750 925 1100 2175 2300 3850 15500 48500 -
$ - - 465 500 550 - - 775 - - 2200 2500 5600 28000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 367
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/30/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0880, 880/Lot# 1860 $527.50
1/3/2008 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 209, 215/Lot# 6045 $9,315.00
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6292 $1,955.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1886 $1,207.50
9/16/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 62117 $5,335.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3337 $1,938.75
10/8/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8821 $558.13


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
 
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