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: $264.55 (5/12/2021)
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: 5/1/2019

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1881 $3 MS
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Base $ - - - 2350 4250 8125 8450 9000 13000 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: 109
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: 5/11/2021 1881 $3 MS
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Base----112561636120883------107
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Total----112561636121883------108
 ----1%1%2%5%6%15%33%1%19%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
Base1332141715071600355038474524492050035137578362406391662968238861106011218212761133601436015414
1360144715382250364940734656494850485352593562906470669475029441111281237512961136931471116185
00000046564948504853525935629064706694750294411112812375129611369300
000000478849755092556860886341655067588182100211165512568131601402700
1881 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1258134014261515339636854340472548054935556360076153638565748559102551179812364129501392714957
1285136914562142349239034468475248485144571160566230644872369124107691198712559132761427015705
00000044684752484851445711605662306448723691241076911987125591327600
00000045974778489253545859610463086511789796901128412175127551360100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6153
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 5783
Owner: Jeff Medley
 
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