Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,500
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: $186.89 (8/29/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 S $3 MS obverse 1856 S $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The comparatively high mintage (34,500 pieces) 1856-S was eagerly and extensively circulated in the bustling 1850s economy of the Western United States and is, today, considered a real find even in problem-free AU grades. Pieces grading mint state are of the utmost importance and rarity. Only a handful are known to exist, five or six at most.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1856 S $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 720 840 1030 1880 1880 2810 3160 3720 7100 12500 17000 19000 31750 50000 - - - - - -
$ 2070 3000 3400 4000 8000 13750 18500 21500 35000 54000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 539
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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9/6/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4402
9/6/2014 XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8606
9/6/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4403


Auction Prices Realized

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2/19/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 127, 132/Lot# 1832 $3,910.00
9/27/2007 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3330 $920.00
9/26/2010 NCS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2931, 2931/Lot# 2898 $437.00
9/4/2011 NGC   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1973 $632.50
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7414 $1,063.75
5/20/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131222/Lot# 21095 $2,875.00
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147591 $486.20
11/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149211 $5,500.00
7/25/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22541 $12,043.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8409169499901131155818652124310835834160448549355466616978591278818094260363806911
86592796210371273166019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806910
00000019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806900
000000203727803424396743764785528959347295111451632523388340583806900
1856 S $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4935
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3583
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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