Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,500
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: $167.65 (7/7/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 S $3 MS obverse 1856 S $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The comparatively high mintage (34,500 pieces) 1856-S was eagerly and extensively circulated in the bustling 1850s economy of the Western United States and is, today, considered a real find even in problem-free AU grades. Pieces grading mint state are of the utmost importance and rarity. Only a handful are known to exist, five or six at most.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/26/2015

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1856 S $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 600 720 840 1030 1880 2810 3160 3720 7100 17000 19000 31750 50000 - - - - - -
$ 2070 - 3400 4000 8000 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 544
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/8/2001 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 1491, 1491/Lot# 1648 $379.80
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2203 $4,255.00
2/24/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7109 $3,507.50
9/7/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4271 $1,782.50
10/13/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4830 $3,220.00
1/3/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6264 $6,900.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7413 $2,645.00
3/23/2014 NCS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 155605 $852.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8409169499901131155818652124310835834160448549355466616978591278818094260363806911
86592796210371273166019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806910
00000019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806900
000000203727803424396743764785528959347295111451632523388340583806900
1856 S $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4935
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3583
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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