Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,558
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: $173.55 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 $3 MS obverse 1859 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only three dates within the denomination are considered common, and this issue is not one of them. The 1859 three-dollar piece is priced at a relatively small advance over the most common issues, 1854, 1874, and 1878. At the same time, it is much scarcer in Mint State condition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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1859 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 470 540 630 950 1250 1250 1775 1900 2050 2950 3500 4150 5800 9250 13500 34500 46000 - - - -
$ 1380 1930 2050 2200 3250 3800 4600 6400 10500 16000 37500 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 558
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4254
1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4255


Auction Prices Realized

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7/7/2009 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29073, 29073/Lot# 24232 $4,600.00
1/17/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 550, 557/Lot# 558 $1,610.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1980 $776.25
11/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 18634 $5,060.00
2/18/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3418, 3418/Lot# 4239 $1,350.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5122 $4,700.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5030 $9,400.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4886 $1,440.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8589209851053112413751510163419132077229824332585300936014565574765459578128831765124623
87894110071076120714201551172719672150234324832726320639224959601375561067914472199750
000000155117271967215023432483272632063922495960137556106791447200
000000159218202022222423882534286734034243535362798567117811606100
1859 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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