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: $72.19 (10/13/2019)
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.

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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: 10/8/2019 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
1/3/2008 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 209, 215/Lot# 6045 $9,315.00
10/18/2009 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2759, 2759/Lot# 3133 $2,530.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1886 $1,207.50
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
2/7/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 8432 $734.38
6/15/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201690 $2,035.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4518 $2,702.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 G$1 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base93596799910311066110011351173120912471286132614401560168720292417288535395879981210609
946978101010431077111211481185122212601299136414801602180121582573310343197190100780
0000001148118512221260129913641480160218012158257331034319719000
0000001160119712341273131314021520164519152288272933215099850100
1881 G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base49451555174577490894197499710511124125212841333160919282302275433865656948510263
50152761675581991995298210151075116712631300142517152053245329654143693297440
00000095298210151075116712631300142517152053245329654143693200
00000096398910331100120912731317151718222177260331754899820900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3386
Owner: BillJones
 
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