Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,140
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: $176.60 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 $3 MS obverse 1865 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The elusive 1865 Three Dollar Gold has the lowest mintage figure of any issue in this challenging series struck prior to 1881, with only 1,140 business strikes produced. For that reason alone it has always been a popular coin with collectors, but unlike some later date, low mintage issues, the 1865 is genuinely rare in all grades. There are perhaps fewer than 65 pieces extant today, and most survivors are AU at best, with the population of Mint State pieces believed to be in the neighborhood of 20-25 coins.

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Last Updated: 1/20/2014

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1865 $3 MS
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Base $ 800 930 1170 1550 2900 2900 7100 8200 9700 12900 14150 18500 20750 28500 47000 67000 87500 - - - -
$ 3200 7800 8800 10300 13800 15300 20000 21750 31000 53500 75000 95000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 69
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
11/4/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8309 $14,375.00
6/26/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 1925 $14,375.00
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3349 $8,912.50
6/1/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4594 $9,775.00
4/8/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 3336 $4,100.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12283 $8,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 $3 MS
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Base11731249133114161505219727813238354537303984414144584935526466168200900710226152512000226731
1198127613591445173523912933334036063814403642464617504457147144846994131190116834222450
000000293333403606381440364246461750445714714484699413119011683400
000000308534423668389940884352477651546165767287389819135761841800
1865 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4458
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3730
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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