Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
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: $177.38 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 $3 MS obverse 1879 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The healthy mintage of 1878 three dollar coins made the piece a type issue, produced to the extent of more than 82,000 coins. This was related to the reestablishment of parity between silver coins, gold coins, and currency, something that had not occurred for more than two decades previous to that time. But after parity was achieved, there was no need for the three dollar gold coins to serve any particular function. The mintage plummeted in 1879 to a mere 3,000 coins.

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Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1879 $3 MS
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Base $ 400 515 580 890 1180 1180 1550 1750 2200 2850 3200 4200 5750 7700 9500 20750 35000 90000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 386
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/14/2005 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2001, 2001/Lot# 2034 $2,695.00
9/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1434 $2,875.00
1/19/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 787, 796/Lot# 10263 $15,250.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194217 $1,712.70
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20671 $8,930.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21448 $8,930.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3385 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811578175319542077224723522525296034863783471957478686107931448519802
8919541020109012191446163618201995213322822409267031353585409550616726938812023162570
00000016361820199521332282240926703135358540955061672693881202300
000000169418872036219023172467281533103684440754047706100901325400
1879 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base926991106011311206146116651847205621842359246826483099364239484914597389929554991810226
9471014108311561291152917251916209822422395252827983280374442705267697991799675100200
0000001725191620982242239525282798328037444270526769799179967500
0000001786198621412300243125882948346138464592562079859366979600
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3823
Owner: Irxharts
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3486
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