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The 1882 three dollar gold is one of those fantastically low-mintage dates from late in the series, an issue definitely apt to rev the engine of a dedicated collector. With such a low mintage, many of the business strikes are prooflike and could easily be confused in high grades with true proofs, except for one key characteristic: The business strikes show a repunched 2 in the date, 'with a crescent-shaped vestige of an earlier 2 above the final date,' according to the Bowers series reference.
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