Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 801
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: $173.55 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1885 $3 MS obverse 1885 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1885 three dollar gold had the memorably low mintage of 801 business strikes. That total puts it at the second-lowest of the entire series--behind the 1881, with 500 circulation strikes--and one of only three sub-1,000-coin productions of business strikes in the entire series, with the 1883 at 900 coins. (Of course, the 1875 and 1876 threes were proof-only issues, with no business strikes at all produced.)

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1885 $3 MS
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Base $ 590 750 1000 1375 2000 2000 3400 3800 5100 5900 6500 8000 10000 16000 23000 41000 59000 - - - -
$ 2350 3650 4250 5500 6250 7000 8750 12000 18500 29000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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5/14/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2098 $3,967.50
6/2/2010 NGC MS 65   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 1593 $23,000.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2014 $9,487.50
10/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3164, 3164/Lot# 1907 $1,550.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5828 $12,925.00
8/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 128137 $1,320.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13199 $27,025.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1217129613801466155818432068226824452555271028072960336538854261647369519298120691596321510
1243132414081496165319182134232724812606274228583095353840104998663277331022113367178120
000000213423272481260627422858309535384010499866327733102211336700
000000220123862518265827742909323037114135573567918515111451466500
1885 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15371632173018331941225924452614274028212936300932383639429046307431822010464135721793624152
1568166417641869204723212501265627672859296030853371385644035563769489681150015026200080
000000250126562767285929603085337138564403556376948968115001502600
000000255726982794289729843161350540734516649779579716125361648100
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Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 7431
Owner: H.I.M.
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2710
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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