Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,500
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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1882 $3 MS obverse 1882 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1882 three dollar gold is one of those fantastically low-mintage dates from late in the series, an issue definitely apt to rev the engine of a dedicated collector. With such a low mintage, many of the business strikes are prooflike and could easily be confused in high grades with true proofs, except for one key characteristic: The business strikes show a repunched 2 in the date, 'with a crescent-shaped vestige of an earlier 2 above the final date,' according to the Bowers series reference.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2014

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1882 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 480 550 640 975 1350 1350 2250 2650 3000 3700 4200 5350 7150 11500 14750 27500 44000 97000 - - -
$ 1500 2550 2850 3300 4000 4600 6000 8500 12750 17000 30500 49000 106000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 255
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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2/21/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #29, 33/Lot# 1025 $1,805.50
8/3/2005 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2074, 2074/Lot# 2265 $3,472.00
10/27/2010 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 4747 $4,025.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1482 $10,350.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1155 $3,627.00
3/8/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4018 $3,220.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4823 $35,937.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5461 $2,990.00
3/30/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 182976 $1,375.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base980104711181193127114501694190721372276246725852807314937124290600768208849122071644122556
100210701143121913301531176519832183233925062659292133363904486262787496996813618184790
00000017651983218323392506265929213336390448626278749699681361800
000000183620602229240325452733303535244097543465498172110871502900
1882 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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