Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 82,304
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: $186.22 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $3 MS obverse 1878 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Series aficionados know that the dates usually selected for type purposes are either the 1854, which has by far the largest mintage, at 138,618 business strikes, the 1874, with a moderate midseries production of 41,800 coins, and the 1878, the last large three dollar gold emission, with a total of 82,304 pieces made.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1878 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 380 510 570 880 1080 1080 1300 1420 1525 1725 2475 2700 3150 5300 7500 14000 22500 56000 - - -
$ 1190 1450 1560 1650 1875 2700 3000 3700 6500 8750 15500 27500 69000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5218
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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8/5/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131431/Lot# 21428
8/9/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3835
8/9/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3836
8/9/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3834
8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8533


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
2/27/2003 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 8185 $2,415.00
11/12/2003 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1805, 1805/Lot# 1230 $1,210.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2477 $6,037.50
11/8/2004 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #19, 23/Lot# 415 $1,667.50
5/9/2007 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 3555 $1,725.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2952 $12,650.00
9/20/2010 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18602/Lot# 1235 $3,042.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7449 $1,552.50
7/6/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 173933 $1,001.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8539159781047111713631490160917701869200820942268269934063668460456568515106511438919799
8739361001107011991405152916621803191520362152241129343493398049546609922711897161920
00000015291662180319152036215224112934349339804954660992271189700
00000015691716183619612065221025553170358042925305756299391314300
1878 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2411
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 2094
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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