Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,558
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: $185.05 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 $3 MS obverse 1859 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only three dates within the denomination are considered common, and this issue is not one of them. The 1859 three-dollar piece is priced at a relatively small advance over the most common issues, 1854, 1874, and 1878. At the same time, it is much scarcer in Mint State condition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1859 $3 MS
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Base $ 470 540 630 950 1250 1250 1775 1900 2050 2950 3500 4150 5800 9250 13750 34500 45000 - - - -
$ 1380 1930 2050 2200 3250 3800 4600 6400 10500 16000 37500 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 552
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/17/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1122 $2,185.00
4/26/2006 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2576 $5,462.50
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1978 $2,645.00
11/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 18634 $5,060.00
11/20/2012 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3385, 3385/Lot# 1283 $1,336.00
5/5/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131320/Lot# 22762 $1,527.50
10/20/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 116902 $539.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3825 $7,050.00
6/2/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20480 $2,320.63
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3821 $9,987.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $3 MS
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Base8589209851053112413751510163419132077229824332585300936014565574765459578128831765124623
87894110071076120714201551172719672150234324832726320639224959601375561067914472199750
000000155117271967215023432483272632063922495960137556106791447200
000000159218202022222423882534286734034243535362798567117811606100
1859 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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