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: $157.24 (7/31/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 3/26/2015

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1857 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 520 570 630 900 1140 1340 1510 1725 2700 4000 6200 11750 19800 37500 60750 - - - -
$ 1250 - 1575 1850 2950 4400 7500 15000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 621
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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5/5/2000 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7619 $575.00
3/23/2005 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2017, 2017/Lot# 1988 $2,200.00
2/5/2006 NGC VF 30   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1051 $805.00
7/13/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 942 $1,573.20
7/24/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3106, 3106/Lot# 2429 $1,035.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10735 $881.25
7/4/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21590 $896.53
10/12/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 219595 $1,150.00


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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