1881 G$1 MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -26987
PCGS#: 7582

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $2200

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Despite the substantially higher mintage, the 1881 is about equal in rarity to the 1880. Circulated specimens are rare, and most of the available 1881 gold dollars are uncirculated and generally very choice. The famous Leon Lindheim hoard of 54 "proofs" was purchased several years ago by Paramount. It included 46 circulation strikes and only 8 proofs. All were purchased as proofs and so it should be obvious that many deceptive first strikes exist of this date, as well as of all the other dates from 1875 to 1889. The true proofs of 1881 are distinguishable by a small unfinished area in the die between the lower left part of the D in DOLLAR and the wreath.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 7,620 Weight: 1.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
20
340
25
345
30
350
35
355
40
360
1
45
395
45+
400
50
440
1
50+
440
53
450
1
53+
450
55+
450
58+
525
62+
825
1
63+
950
64+
1,200
65+
1,850
1
66+
2,500
2
68+
15,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 39 / 49 TIE 62 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 1,400 R-4.8 41 / 49 TIE 66 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 37 / 49 57 / 81

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade   Heritage 8/2010:3391, $12,650
2 MS68 PCGS grade   Heritage 7/2010:4529, not sold