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: $267.28 (5/11/2021)
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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1881 $3 PF CA
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1881 $3 PF UC
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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: 5/11/2021 1881 $3 PF CA
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Base------------124961----23
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Total------------124961----23
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1881 $3 PF UC
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Base---------------11-1---3
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Total---------------11-2---4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $3 PF CA
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550845783717477151022612799163781
111117082419302630713110315432613782468453176246735485521108313992163781
000000241930263071311031543261378246845317624673548552110831399200
000000271430433082312731653346413348845550671075349389119411518500
1881 $3 PF UC
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Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157266488799985841129414058178861
111118222791346535153559360737244298528959806991819494871221515334178861
000000279134653515355936073724429852895980699181949487122151533400
0000003119348435283577361938184684550762347495838910390131361661000
1881 $3 PF
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Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414147065367668571989588120461547320251
1111164322032770281228492890298934794329492658066856799410407131881706521264
000000220327702812284928902989347943294926580668567994104071318800
000000247827862823286429003069381045175146624570278791112261433000
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