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This low mintage issue is fascinating for two reasons. First, the 1883 is more difficult to locate than the 1880 despite similar mintages. Second, this date, unlike most post-1878 three dollar deliveries, is not well represented at the Mint State level. While we do not know the reasons behind either of these facts, it seems likely that a certain percentage of 1883 three dollar gold pieces circulated at the time of production.
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