Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 24,000
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: $188.25 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1854 O $3 MS obverse 1854 O $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Doug Winter, in his Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint (2006), notes that the 1854-O three dollar is 'an extremely hard issue to locate in high grades' and that he has seen 'only a handful of attractive, original pieces and these generally command a large premium among knowledgeable collectors.' The same branch mint gold specialist goes on to state that the 1854-O three is 'very rare in correctly graded AU58.' Further collector pressure is placed on this issue as it is the only date in the three dollar series that was struck at the New Orleans Mint.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2014

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1854 O $3 MS
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Base $ 610 720 1170 1975 2900 2900 5750 6500 8750 19500 35500 47500 68750 105000 - - - - - - -
$ 3200 6000 7100 10000 32000 44000 51000 74000 117000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 790
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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8/9/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3817
8/9/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3816


Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1581 $7,187.50
3/6/2005 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2009, 2009/Lot# 1747 $1,760.00
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2561 $86,250.00
3/15/2007 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 1826 $6,900.00
2/4/2009 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2614 $5,462.50
3/31/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6448 $3,335.00
12/16/2011 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19430/Lot# 1055 $21,060.00
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 155490 $882.20
3/23/2014 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 968 $4,675.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 O $3 MS
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Base85693395810661393200923522643403646695419583660896473695112951186292723040410426644500960424
8819419941175159821232449310742474919555859206217663289511484321496316234116143445501470
000000244931074247491955585920621766328951148432149631623411614344500
0000002546357144585169569760046345679110951167362436336016419124422700
1854 O $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6089
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4036
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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