Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,500
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: $173.55 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1869 $3 MS obverse 1869 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1869 is scarce in all grades and especially so in AU condition. Only 2,500 circulation strikes were produced. An interesting feature regarding the 1869 was noted in Bowers' 1987 Saunders auction: The final digit is more heavily punched in the die than the other digits, leading one to suspect a three-digit punch was used for the date with the last digit to be filled in. Because of the tiny mintages in the three dollar series, the use of such a three-digit punch would have maximized economy and flexibility.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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1869 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 550 615 690 1000 1450 1450 2200 2450 2800 3650 5050 5600 10000 17500 30000 51000 - - - - -
$ 1600 2400 2600 3000 4050 5400 6200 12000 19500 32500 55000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 167
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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4/10/2005 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2024, 2024/Lot# 1867 $1,705.00
10/10/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #57, 62/Lot# 1068 $97.75
1/5/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6825 $1,667.50
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1993 $2,415.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5128 $1,086.88
8/5/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3830 $9,987.50
8/5/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3829 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99610631135121212901450168318862243244827212885310337834591600776511083514904208692973231530
10181087116012381343152717502005231125392775295733294052506365558712121911689223823303310
0000001750200523112539277529573329405250636555871212191168922382300
0000001818212423792630283030303556432155357103977313547188802677700
1869 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1683
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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