Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $261.73 (7/24/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $3 MS obverse 1881 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1881-P is one of the scarcest $3 gold issues in the entire series. With most production at the Philadelphia Mint placed towards silver dollar production that year, only a mere 500 mint state and 54 proof $3 gold pieces were struck at the facility.

Most mint state examples seen today tend to be in the AU58-MS61 range, adding to its rarity in the upper mint state grades. NGC has a total of just over a hundred business strike examples and 27 proofs. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1881 $3 MS
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Base $ - - - 2350 4250 8125 8450 9000 13500 14500 15250 17300 19000 36500 - 91000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 15750 - - - - 99500 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1881 $3 MS
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Base----112561636120783------106
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Total----112561636121783------107
 ----1%1%2%5%6%15%34%1%20%7%7%3%------ 
1881 $3 MS PL
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Base----------1--1--------2
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Total----------1--1--------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base252825952662273027993703481549215003513759736240636666906938893396251218212870135861462815666
2550261726852753310040744850494850485416606262826474677376039164104771241113109139331497416449
00000048504948504854166062628264746773760391641047712411131091393300
00000048864976509256946151632465826855826893941133012641133471428100
1881 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base241024732538260426713545462247254805493557476007612964446685855993031179812470131701418815203
2431249525602626296239044656475248485206583460486234652473108807101351202212703135091452615963
00000046564752484852065834604862346524731088071013512022127031350900
00000046914778489254765920608863396605793490551096612246129371384900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6129
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 5973
Owner: Jeff Medley
 
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