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The 1885 three dollar gold had the memorably low mintage of 801 business strikes. That total puts it at the second-lowest of the entire series--behind the 1881, with 500 circulation strikes--and one of only three sub-1,000-coin productions of business strikes in the entire series, with the 1883 at 900 coins. (Of course, the 1875 and 1876 threes were proof-only issues, with no business strikes at all produced.)
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