Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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: $170.38 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1884 $3 MS obverse 1884 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

From 1880 to 1886, production of three dollar gold pieces was so trivial that the 1,500 circulation-strike coins made in 1882 amounted to a boomlet. Meager output alone, however, cannot account fully for the 1884 three dollar gold piece's desirability. The comments by Garrett and Guth in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins are perceptive: 'The 1884 $3 gold piece continues the run of low mintage dates the characterize the waning years of this denomination. However, for some inexplicable reason, this date was not saved or hoarded to the same degree as the others around it. For example, the number of surviving coins matches that of the 1881 issue, which has a mintage equal to exactly half of the 1884 issue.'

The two authors later note that though survivors are elusive in an absolute sense, a significant proportion are Mint State, making it comparatively available in better grades.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1884 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 550 690 825 1200 1800 1800 2875 3200 3650 3800 4200 6000 8300 12250 14500 29000 47500 67500 - - -
$ 1980 3100 3500 3900 4500 4500 6400 9100 13250 16500 33000 53500 75000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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8/7/1998 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 7612 $7,187.50
6/29/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 388, 394/Lot# 716 $19,550.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2013 $2,760.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7462 $6,670.00
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4903 $3,290.00
2/7/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1182/Lot# 4837 $3,525.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3392 $3,760.00
12/29/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 149025 $764.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12171296138014661558179920092197232224012513258528073149373042616400707710894131721773924333
1243132414081496163818692071223823482438253726592921334239074974662583491165314694199370
000000207122382348243825372659292133423907497466258349116531469400
000000213422802374247525612733303535364084568768519621124121621600
1884 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12881371145715491644189521132308243825192636271029413307389444426644734011255135881825724987
1315139914871580172719672178235124652558266027873063350240765176687686451203215144205000
000000217823512465255826602787306335024076517668768645120321514400
000000224323942492259726852864318536984259591071089950128101670000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2513
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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