Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 14,000
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: $176.88 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S $3 MS obverse 1857 S $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1857-S threes are usually only encountered in VF-XF grades. In 1857, gold dust was still plentiful in the San Francisco area following the Gold Rush that began in 1848. After the newly built branch mint resolved its problems with a lack of parting acids in 1855, there was still a significant need for lower denomination gold coins on the West Coast. In 1857, there were 14,250 three dollar gold pieces struck in the western facility. While that seems like a paltry number, it is actually a significant mintage for this little-used odd denomination. What is significant, of course, is the extraordinary degree of preservation for this '57-S. Uncirculated examples of this issue have been recognized and highly sought after since one was offered in an Elmer Sears fixed price list a century ago, followed by one in an Elder sale from 1914 where the coin was described as 'excessively rare.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1857 S $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 680 810 950 1300 2550 2550 5450 5650 9000 14000 19500 25500 48000 - - - - - - - -
$ 2900 5800 6350 10500 16500 21500 29000 55000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62


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9/20/1999 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1212, 1212/Lot# 1782 $659.38
2/5/2006 NGC AU 58   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1057 $13,225.00
5/27/2009 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 1602 $14,950.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6813 $6,612.50
4/6/2014 NGC VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 149034 $907.50
5/19/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20578 $1,043.40
7/13/2014 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 295 $1,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13691515165819692335278134473968420249355922675374879450998113112187232708939881111
141715621761209124833003362040464446526461996997814196271102414982215113135339881110
000000362040464446526461996997814196271102414982215113135339881100
000000379441244690559364767242879598041206816852243003561739881100
1857 S $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7487
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2781
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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