Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,891
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: $170.64 (12/22/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 $3 MS obverse 1857 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of the scarcest of the early P-mints, much more challenging than the 1854, '55, or '56, yet, an issue that lacks a sufficiently low mintage to be truly memorable to those collectors who live and die by mintages and the rarity they may indicate. However, it is in the realm of condition rarity that the 1857 is more easily recognized as important, especially in MS 65.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1857 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 520 570 630 900 1140 1140 1340 1510 1630 2700 3700 4000 6000 11750 19800 37500 60750 - - - -
$ 1250 1500 1680 1790 2950 4100 4400 7000 15000 22000 40500 66000 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 614
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
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1/12/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2639, 2639/Lot# 1712 $1,437.50
7/13/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 942 $1,573.20
8/7/2010 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1628 $731.40
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1417 $1,265.00
3/17/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131313/Lot# 29257 $1,175.00
5/19/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 114849 $1,100.00
11/1/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4606 $1,116.25
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 199443 $7,741.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base858920985105311241375150716291997220524792643283434064347570274871057514715208393001131822
878941100710761207141915471751206622962533270630243719479862978516119551675623896306140
0000001547175120662296253327063024371947986297851611955167562389600
0000001588187421352387258827703215403352506892954513335187972695300
1857 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4347
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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