Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,000
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: $173.55 (12/27/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1887 $3 MS obverse 1887 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1887 three dollar gold issue had a business strike mintage of 6,000 pieces, but most of those coins were apparently melted without ever being released into circulation, leaving this date scarcer than expected, especially at the finer Mint State grade levels.

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1887 $3 MS
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Base $ 400 515 600 910 1260 1260 1780 1900 2450 3200 3500 4175 5250 7400 12500 19750 31500 - - - -
$ 1390 1960 2100 2750 3475 3800 4650 5750 7750 14000 23500 38500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 210
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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1/28/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1019, 1019/Lot# 1924 $1,477.00
6/6/1998 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 6326 $32,200.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1987 $2,127.50
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2232 $17,250.00
6/1/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4611 $1,840.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12308 $2,937.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811629184319251977205321022268269934673747526460898341110641495120579
8919541020109012191463170018701942200220692157241129553560425255396839924812359168270
00000017001870194220022069215724112955356042525539683992481235900
000000177118971959202720852212255532113653475858147590101561365500
1887 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92699110601131120614601718194120252080215822102381282836223912547663248669114301540821157
94710141083115612901546179219692043210621752267253030923718443357587105958912756173240
00000017921969204321062175226725303092371844335758710595891275600
000000186619972061213221922324267933573815495460417887105091408200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3661
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1977
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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