Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 54
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $216.12 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $3 PF obverse 1881 $3 PF 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: 5/2/2019

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1881 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - 3700 4000 4500 5250 7500 8750 10600 14500 21200 36500 52500 - - - -
1881 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 8700 11500 16250 29000 41000 57000 90000 - - -
1881 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 38000 57500 65000 100000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 26
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1881 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------124961----23
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Total------------124961----23
 ------------4 %9 %17 %39 %26 %4 %---- 
1881 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-1---3
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Total---------------11-2---4
 ---------------25 %25 %-50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1998 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7728 $41,400.00
1/3/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3482 $40,250.00
5/25/2008 NGC PF 65   Cameo Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4656 $37,950.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1743 $30,550.00
1/7/2015 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7013 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550845783717477151022612799163781
111117082419302630713110315432613782468453176246735485521108313992163780
000000241930263071311031543261378246845317624673548552110831399200
000000271430433082312731653346413348845550671075349389119411518500
1881 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157266488799985841129414058178861
111118222791346535153559360737244298528959806991819494871221515334178860
000000279134653515355936073724429852895980699181949487122151533400
0000003119348435283577361938184684550762347495838910390131361661000
1881 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414147065367668571989588120461547320251
111116432203277028122849289029893479432949265806685679941040713188170650
000000220327702812284928902989347943294926580668567994104071318800
000000247827862823286429003069381045175146624570278791112261433000
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