Owner's Comments

CAC stickered for the following reasons: Wholly original coin inclusive of the copper spotting, prooflike, with a mellow old gold coloring. Well struck.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1881 is notable in that it has the lowest official mintage of any three dollar gold piece regularly issued for circulation. Despite the ultra low mintage of only 554 pieces, a figure which includes 54 proofs, the 1881 ranks only 21st in rarity in our 238 catalogue auction survey according to the number of appearances and 28th in rarity according to average grade. Every specimen that I have seen is proof-like.

Although with most dates the tendency is to mistake first strike uncirculated pieces for proofs, I can say that in the case of the 1881, I have seen several proofs called first strike uncs! Actually choice uncs and proofs of this date are about equal in rarity and bring approximately the same price when offered at auction.
20.50 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
5.02 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 300 R-6.4 5 / 41 TIE 5 / 41 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 13 / 41 13 / 41
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:7064, $24,087.50

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade