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: $187.70 (4/24/2014)
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: 7/5/2013

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1882 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 480 550 640 975 1350 1350 2250 2650 3000 3700 4000 4950 7000 11350 14750 27500 44000 97000 - - -
$ 1500 2550 2850 3300 4000 4400 5500 7800 12250 17000 30500 49000 106000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 248
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
9/25/2005 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2096, 2096/Lot# 1820 $1,792.00
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1782 $7,187.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3268 $13,800.00
12/4/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/04/2011, 147/Lot# 27297 $2,860.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7460 $3,162.50
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4953 $11,500.00
9/25/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 5153 $2,820.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(2), 1198/Lot# 10600 $5,434.38


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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