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: $159.06 (7/28/2015)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 3/26/2015

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1884 $3 MS
Base $ 550 690 825 1200 1950 3050 3300 3700 4050 6000 8400 12500 15750 29500 49000 69000 - - -
$ 2150 - - - - - 9750 - 17500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/29/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 388, 394/Lot# 716 $19,550.00
7/31/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1243 $43,125.00
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
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4897 $5,287.50
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5715 $3,589.63
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
1884 $3 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2513
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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