Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,000
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: $165.28 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 $3 MS obverse 1872 $3 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Only 2,000 strikes were made for circulation of the 1872 three dollar, the denomination having already outlived its usefulness in commerce--if indeed it ever was useful. Bowers and Winter estimate that between 150 and 215 pieces are known today in all grades, but a mere 20 to 30 examples are extant in Mint State.

In the 1960s Walter Breen made a study of the three dollar series, and he noted the existence of two dies for business strikes and one for proofs. The strikes for circulation he separated into two groups:

1. On the first die pairing, he noted that on the obverse there are outlines around ITED and AMERI. The reverse is the same as the proof die with the date slanting slightly down to the right. 2. The second die pairing shows no outlining around ITED and AMERI. The reverse is different with the date

Bowers and Winter note that high-grade strikes for circulation always show die striations, particularly on the reverse, and of course, with such a low mintage, prooflike examples are often seen.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/30/2015

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Total Graded: 198
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/6/2000 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20122, 20122/Lot# 2730 $2,800.00
4/12/2006 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2188, 2188/Lot# 1868 $2,184.00
2/11/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2225 $3,220.00
8/8/2007 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 3000 $5,750.00
10/25/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 189, 195/Lot# 6318 $2,645.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6465 $4,456.25
12/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 29095 $2,232.50
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 151850 $7,500.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $3 MS
1872 $3 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2570
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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