Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,600
Catalog: KM-84
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $187.06 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 S $3 MS obverse 1855 S $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first of only five S-mint issues in this series, the 1855-S boasts an original mintage of only 6,000 pieces. Most of these coins were lost to circulation, and scholars estimate that no more than 95 examples have survived in all grades. The typically encountered representative is apt to grade VF or XF, and only eight pieces are believed extant in About Uncirculated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1855 S $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 560 720 950 1550 3300 3300 5750 7900 11250 19800 29380 42500 57000 91000 - - - - - - -
$ 3600 6500 9250 12750 22500 31700 46000 65000 98000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 163
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/4/2010 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2833, 2833/Lot# 3503 $977.50
11/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4997 $4,887.50
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1970 $3,105.00
10/18/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5782 $2,820.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5638 $8,812.50
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31211 $1,157.38
10/13/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 141481 $1,454.20
3/20/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30418 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75891695899014502124288534474706531660566473719889291051518516274284121762769384536912192958
81093096811431674237730723866490955626195671477759457131822148632024484016276948675770660
0000003072386649095562619567147775945713182214863202448401627694867500
0000003259428651125809633469568352998615849244573662055585627695889800
1855 S $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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