Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,850
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: $172.26 (3/30/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 $3 MS obverse 1868 $3 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After the Civil War, gold and silver coins remained a precious commodity that was hoarded and remained totally absent from circulation, except on the West coast. Similarly, mintages remained extremely small, especially at the Philadelphia Mint. At the time, the only operating branch Mint was in San Francisco. The New Orleans, Dahlonega, and Charlotte Mints had all ceased operations at the start of the Civil War, and only New Orleans would eventually reopen. The Carson City Mint was in planning stages, but had not yet opened its doors.

Total production of three-dollar gold pieces during the year was 4,875 coins, including 25 proofs. Today, it is estimated that less than 100 Mint States examples of this date survive, along with 300 to 400 circulated pieces, according to Q. David Bowers and Douglas Winter in The United States $3 Gold Pieces. Nearly all existing Mint State coins are in the lower numerical levels, from MS60 to 63. Gem quality survivors are extremely rare, as evidenced by the population totals.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/26/2015

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1868 $3 MS
Base $ 450 540 600 910 1410 1410 1970 2100 2250 3300 4900 5700 7600 10500 14000 32500 52000 117500 - - -
$ 1550 - 2175 2575 3600 - 6100 8200 - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 363
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Sale / Lot
4/28/2010 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 3565 $2,070.00
8/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/07/2011, 130/Lot# 13912 $2,860.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12287 $3,737.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2051 $10,637.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5683 $3,818.75
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5682 $4,112.50
11/18/2013 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3457, 3457/Lot# 1752 $1,645.00
8/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4330 $3,525.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 $3 MS
1868 $3 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2671
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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