Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,555
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: $174.05 (3/28/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 $3 MS obverse 1855 $3 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

As with other odd denominations of the 19th century, the three dollar gold piece saw its production fall dramatically from the first year to the second. In an article for the August 29, 2006 edition of Numismatic News, R.W. Julian describes the contrast between the mintages of 1854 and 1855: 'Because of [the denomination's] novelty, there was a reasonable coinage of the new pieces at Philadelphia in 1854, nearly 139,000 pieces, but the demand and mintage would start to slip in 1855 and continue to do so.'

Julian continues by noting that 'While there was never any great demand for the $3 gold piece, there was still enough gold deposited at the Philadelphia Mint in 1855' for another substantial issue, its mintage most often listed as 50,555 business strikes. While that figure is enough to qualify the 1855 as a higher-mintage issue in the context of the denomination, the 1855 was not saved in quantity the way the 1854 was. As a result, while the 1855 three dollar gold piece is an accepted type issue in circulated and the lowest Mint State grades, by the Select level, it is distinctly scarcer than the 1854, 1874, or 1878, the most common type issues.

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


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Last Updated: 3/26/2015

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1855 $3 MS
Base $ 470 540 690 910 1090 1090 1450 1550 1650 2400 3400 3800 4350 8000 13250 39850 51980 - - - -
$ 1200 - 1625 1800 2600 - 4100 4700 9000 16000 43000 56000 - -

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Total Graded: 1210
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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5/28/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3771 $3,335.00
10/4/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 183, 189/Lot# 6836 $1,955.00
12/24/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2467, 2467/Lot# 2503 $2,576.00
6/2/2010 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 8786 $517.50
6/1/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9298 $632.50
7/7/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4671 $2,875.00
5/27/2012 NGC XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1255 $877.00
5/5/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20461 $1,043.40
6/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2496 $1,057.50
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 173666 $870.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $3 MS
1855 $3 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1936
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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