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Proof-68 (PCGS) CAC 1881 Dollar from Original Set Featured in our August 2021 ANA Auction

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

Author: James McCartney / Friday, July 16, 2021 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

We are thrilled to feature an original and matched 1881 Proof Set in our Official Auction for the ANA World's Fair of Money this August, a group that is being offered publicly for the first time. The set offers incredible preservation and beautiful toning, highlighted by a magnificent Proof-68 (PCGS) CAC 1881 Morgan dollar in lot 4135 of our Rarities Night session. One of only 984 examples struck, it is tied at the top of the PCGS Population Report and ranks as the sole the finest seen by CAC.

This stunning Ultra Gem really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The surfaces are wonderfully original in preservation, the obverse with a partial crescent of antique copper peripheral toning that gives way to smoky-silver and apricot-gray patina elsewhere. The reverse is superficially similar in appearance, although the peripheral color is confined to the left half of the coin and the two latter colors are less extensive. Indeed, both sides retain areas of brilliance, and both display vivid cobalt blue and reddish-apricot undertones. The strike is full, the finish brightly reflective, and the surfaces are so smooth that the coin borders on pristine.

This Proof 1881 Morgan dollar, and the balance of the original set, is included in our Official Auction for the ANA World's Fair of Money this August, accompanying a vast selection of world-class rarities including the finest known 1804 dollar, a newly discovered 1794 dollar, an original 1827/3 quarter, a Mint State 1796 Stars quarter eagle, and many other treasures.  The sale is available on our website www.StacksBowers.com for viewing and bidding, featuring high-resolution images, Coins In Motion animations and our user-friendly bidding platform. The Live portions of the August sale will be held from August 16th through the 21st and broadcast in high definition across a number of platforms including our website, Facebook and YouTube. The Internet-Only sessions will take place the next week, August 23rd through 25th. For questions about bidding or to request an in-hand inspection from one of our specialists, please contact our auction services department at 800-458-4646 or e-mail [email protected]