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: $180.46 (3/30/2017)
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: 10/1/2015

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1881 $3 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/23/2004 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1886, 1886/Lot# 1668 $4,290.00
4/6/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1791 $16,100.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2009 $9,775.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7459 $8,050.00
1/1/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13303 $13,218.75
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5708 $7,637.50
3/2/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 175583 $3,602.50
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7004 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12581340142615151609223326573009317632813431352538524141449953676820805810617136471787423854
1285136814551546181723742774306432113331346236343948426047885851723289111162715056198670
000000277430643211333134623634394842604788585172328911116271505600
000000289131203246338134933743404443795077633576459764126371646500
1881 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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