Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Dollars (1849-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,620
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: $59.47 (5/24/2016)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 G$1 MS obverse 1881 G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1881, only 7,620 business strike gold dollars were produced by the Philadelphia Mint, and a surprising number still exist in Superb Gem condition. In his A Guide Book of United States Type Coins, Q. David Bowers writes, 'Gold dollars of the Type III style did not circulate extensively (except in the West), and today most pieces grade EF or better. Mint State coins abound, particularly for the dates 1879 through 1889, during which time they were a popular investment and speculation.' Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth (2006) note that 'The 1881 gold dollar is best known for the quality of the known specimens.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/19/2016

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1881 G$1 MS
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Base $ 155 170 225 240 375 425 450 475 525 600 750 925 1100 2175 2300 3850 15500 48500 -
$ - - 465 500 550 - 775 - - 2200 2500 5600 28000
1881 G$1 MS Prooflike
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1881 G$1 MS Deep Prooflike
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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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9/30/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0880, 880/Lot# 1860 $527.50
1/25/2004 NGC MS 67   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3114 $3,220.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1295 $713.00
1/3/2007 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 5342 $1,725.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 68   Deep Prooflike Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4250 $12,650.00
9/16/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 62117 $5,335.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4111 $5,287.50
12/3/2015 NGC MS 67   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3299 $4,406.25
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5523 $22,325.00


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
 
Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2989
Owner: Thornton
 
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