Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 82,304
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: $174.21 (3/6/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $3 MS obverse 1878 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Series aficionados know that the dates usually selected for type purposes are either the 1854, which has by far the largest mintage, at 138,618 business strikes, the 1874, with a moderate midseries production of 41,800 coins, and the 1878, the last large three dollar gold emission, with a total of 82,304 pieces made.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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1878 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 380 510 570 880 1080 1080 1300 1420 1525 1725 2475 2750 3300 5100 7000 14250 26000 56000 - - -
$ 1190 1450 1560 1650 1875 2700 3100 3800 6000 8500 15750 29500 69000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5289
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/7/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 7607 $6,612.50
6/3/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6228 $9,775.00
11/8/2004 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #19, 23/Lot# 415 $1,667.50
4/1/2009 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2674, 2674/Lot# 2505 $2,250.00
9/20/2010 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18602/Lot# 1235 $3,042.00
11/27/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/27/2011, 146/Lot# 24208 $2,645.50
9/2/2012 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2054 $16,100.00
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2522 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8539159781047111713631490160917701869200820942268269934063668460456568515106511438919799
8739361001107011991405152916621803191520362152241129343493398049546609922711897161920
00000015291662180319152036215224112934349339804954660992271189700
00000015691716183619612065221025553170358042925305756299391314300
1878 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3661
Owner: Midas Q. Morgan
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2411
Owner: JTO
 
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