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: $176.59 (9/21/2014)
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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Last Updated: 6/17/2014

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1881 $3 MS
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Base $ 565 740 1075 1600 3400 3400 7250 9000 11750 13750 15250 16500 18000 20000 33000 48000 - - - - -
$ 4100 8000 10000 12500 14750 16000 17500 19000 23500 38000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 101
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
7/27/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5137 $9,106.25
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5827 $14,100.00
1/26/2014 PCGS   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1744 $2,937.50
3/2/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 175583 $3,602.50
4/10/2014 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 3032/Lot# 30923 $646.25


NGC Registry

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