Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
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: $173.92 (11/26/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1854 $3 PF obverse 1854 $3 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite Walter Breen's notes about the proof coins of this issue, we believe that a single die pair was used to coin all such pieces. It is generally believed that 15 proofs were coined on April 28, 1854, and it is likely that several more were produced later in the year. Today, we have records of 13 different proofs, although this list may include some duplication. A realistic total seems to be 10 to 12 different coins. When this coin was offered in the Pittman Sale, David Akers suggested that only seven to 10 pieces exist, and recently, Dave Bowers suggested 10 to 14 coins in his 2005 study of this series.

Nearly all survivors are in the lower numerical grades of proof, with a few impaired pieces. In fact, only one or two Gem quality pieces are known. David Akers wrote: 'This would seem to indicate that most of the proofs eventually must have ended up in the hands of non-numismatic people who did not know how to care for them properly.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1854 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 35630 43130 59380 71880 125000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - 38500 47000 64000 78000 135000 - - - -
1854 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 62500 81880 143750 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 68000 88000 155000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 64


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11/29/2006 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 2145 $57,500.00
9/14/2008 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1231 $149,500.00
11/3/2010 NGC PF 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4985 $38,613.55
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5062 $69,000.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4815 $138,000.00
8/2/2012 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5329 $64,625.00
7/11/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3340 $58,750.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5351 $58,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 $3 PF
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Base1111113447469448414935507151585922743188491051512178158592023526306348471
1111111493862474348724980510054126425790394041106913405173172225829153348470
000000386247434872498051005412642579039404110691340517317222582915300
000000427847924903502551295667692883769959116231463218776242823200000
1854 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111137475071522753265470556363707960945011197129371678121338111
111111249418851235260537455015832690084561003211777142181830021338110
000000418851235260537455015832690084561003211777142181830021338100
000000462951755293542255326101743089531061412357154991981921338100
1854 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111113238443145914694484149355747719884289918117541520519409111
11111108036354484462547434872520562307608892410530129041660619409110
00000036354484462547434872520562307608892410530129041660619409100
00000040334537465947924903547667148018942111142140541800719409100
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