1881 $20 AU58

PCGS#: 8994

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1881 is the first of a run of seven ultra low mintage issues from the Philadelphia Mint. Overall, the 1881 is almost identical in rarity to the lower mintage 1885 and just a little less rare than the 1886. In AU or Unc., however, the 1881 is possibly the rarest of the three. (The same might be said for the 1886 but one thing is for certain, the 1885 is the most common of the three in high grade.) The 1881 is not quite as rare as the proof-only 1887 or 1882, and, of course, it is also not as rare as the 1883 or 1884. Most known 1881's grade EF or so and always have a prooflike or partially prooflike surface. A few AU's are known and there is one Unc-60 example in a Texas collection. I have neither seen or heard of a choice or gem mint state example and the Texas coin may be the only known unc.



Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,199 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 67 R-8.3 2 / 73 TIE 6 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 73 TIE 11 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 73 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade  
1 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5550, $111,625

3 AU58 estimated grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade