Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 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: $186.54 (4/23/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 $3 MS obverse 1881 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1881 three dollar is one of the scarcest in the series. Dave Bowers and Doug Winter, in their United States $3 Gold Pieces (2005), estimate that between 100 to 150 business strike 1881 threes have survived in all grades. The same authors suggest that only 20 to 30 of the extant population are true Mint State pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1881 $3 MS
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Base $ 565 740 1075 1450 3100 3100 6350 7750 9200 11750 12500 14750 16500 19250 32180 45230 - - - - -
$ 3400 6900 8400 10250 12750 13500 15750 17750 22500 34800 49000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 100
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64


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3/5/2007 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2336, 2336/Lot# 1768 $7,616.00
8/11/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 5898 $6,325.00
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7484 $11,500.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2009 $9,775.00
1/1/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13303 $13,218.75
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7062 $9,400.00
7/21/2013 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129484 $13,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12581340142615151609223326573009317632813431352538524141449953676820805810617136471787423854
1285136814551546181723742774306432113331346236343948426047885851723289111162715056198670
000000277430643211333134623634394842604788585172328911116271505600
000000289131203246338134933743404443795077633576459764126371646500
1881 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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