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1881 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8003, 8045, 88045, 98045

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 500
Proofs: estimated 60

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight:  77.4 grains (5.02 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the wreath on the reverse

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Significant examples:
Ex - Great Lakes collection (illustrated above)

NGC Proof Cameo-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3659, sold for $43,700.00

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof Cameo-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3660, sold for $19,550.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2174 at $7,590.00 "to the book"

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3661, sold for $7,475.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 289, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  From Stack's sale of Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 945

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 865 at $4,370.00

AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7584, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2314 at $3,680.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 211, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service