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: $62.15 (11/21/2017)
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: 8/29/2017

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1881 G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 170 225 240 375 415 440 455 465 550 600 650 900 1200 1650 1950 3850 12500 48500 -
$ - - - - - - - 775 - - 1900 2500 5600 24000

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 371
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
7/15/2001 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1459, 1459/Lot# 1172 $2,004.50
1/3/2008 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 209, 215/Lot# 6045 $9,315.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 68   Deep Prooflike Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4250 $12,650.00
9/2/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2001 $230.00
9/6/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1174/Lot# 9555 $381.88
9/16/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 62117 $5,335.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5450 $3,818.75
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4536 $881.25
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1233/Lot# 5035 $11,750.00


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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