Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20
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: $178.89 (10/23/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $3 PF obverse 1878 $3 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1878 proof three dollar gold piece boasts one of the lowest mintages of the series, with just 20 pieces struck. Walter Breen believed the issue was coined simply to fill out the gold proof sets for the year, and all of the sets were apparently sold. The elusive nature of the 1878 proofs was well known to 19th century numismatists, and W. Elliot Woodward called the date 'rare' in his catalog of the Heman Ely Collection in 1884, only six years after the set was issued. Experts believe only 10-12 examples are extant today in all grades.

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


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1878 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 7720 8940 15630 21250 33130 53130 69550 - - - -
$ - - - - - 8300 9700 16900 23000 35800 57000 75000 - -
1878 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 18130 - - 43130 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 19600 - - 47000 - - - -
1878 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 76880 107250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 83000 116000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65


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7/31/1993 PCGS Proof 65   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 7347 $34,100.00
1/10/1998 NGC Proof 62   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7724 $9,200.00
8/11/2010 PCGS Proof 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3463 $63,250.00
6/1/2011 PCGS Proof 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4614 $21,850.00
1/3/2012 PCGS Proof 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4821 $86,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 PF
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Base11111124643447356436393747381741415158574768208686945012350156192012526422
1111182227913486358936753770392544805354610474428940104161343917121222240
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0000003119352536143711379340334819555064628064919511383145291862300
1878 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112699374738723952406741414485556361857317927810080131181653111
111119003048378838983990409142554844577065627970954511092142551653110
0000003048378838983990409142554844577065627970954511092142551653100
0000003397383039254028411643705203597769398624981212105153931653100
1878 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111131034261439844854612469450716248692581531027311138143991804911
11111103534894306442745274639481954636473733488591056112225156151804910
00000034894306442745274639481954636473733488591056112225156151804900
00000038754352445645694666494558556699774395661084913312168321804900
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