Owner's Comments

Proolike, well struck, old gold coloring. Really clean looking fields.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

With a mintage of only 1,330 poeces, the 1871 has one of the lowest mintages in the entire series. It is also one of the rarest in terms of pieces available. However, most of the known specimens are relatively high grade. I have seen a small number of choice uncirculated examples of this date, with possibly the finest being the gem that appeared in the Marks Sale in November, 1972. All of the choice specimens that I have seen of this date were fully proof-like and could easily be mistaken by some for proofs. However, the position of the date is markedly different on proofs than it is on uncs. The date on the proofs is higher in the field and is nearly centered between DOLLARS and the bow, while on the business strikes, it is very low with the 7 nearly touching the ribbon.
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1300
Weight
5.02 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
16
Pop Lower
174
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 650 R-5.7 19 / 41 TIE 19 / 41 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 21 / 41 TIE 21 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 8 / 41 TIE 8 / 41 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Colonial Coins, sold privately in 8/1972 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:688, $41,400 -Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3112, $70,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade