Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 138,618
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $185.86 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 $3 MS obverse 1854 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

February 21, 1853, was an important date in the history of American numismatics. Congress enacted legislation to reduce the weight of minor silver coinage, also authorizing the issuance of three dollar gold pieces. Section 7 of the Mint Act of that date read: 'And be it further enacted, that from time to time there shall be struck and coined at the Mint of the United States, and the branches thereof, conformably in all respects to law, and conformably in all respects to the standard of gold coins now established by law, a coin of gold of the value of three dollars, or units, and all the provisions of an act entitled 'An act to authorize the coinage of gold dollars and double eagles,' approved March third, eighteen hundred and forty nine, shall be applied to the coin herein authorized, so far as the same may be applicable, but the devices and shape of the three dollar piece shall be fixed by Secretary of the Treasury.'

The obverse features an Indian princess facing left, wearing a feathered headdress with a beaded band inscribed LIBERTY. Around is the statutory legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The reverse has an agricultural or cereal wreath enclosing the date and denomination. The letters in the denomination DOLLARS are smaller and shorter than the date digits, the only year where that occurred (and technically making this a one-year design subtype). James B. Longacre duplicated the design for this coinage issue, with the appropriate denomination change, for the new type of gold dollar.

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


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1854 $3 MS
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Base $ 465 565 650 840 1075 1235 1300 1350 1525 2050 2300 2600 4300 6500 17500 27500 92500 185000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4143
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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11/4/2017 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1261/Lot# 17803
11/4/2017 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20321


Auction Prices Realized

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7/26/1994 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Bullet Sale #121, 121/Lot# 503 $715.00
5/17/2000 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1309, 1309/Lot# 1938 $685.75
5/27/2012 NGC MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1251 $3,276.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2043 $1,437.50
8/25/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5214 $1,100.00
5/11/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192478 $1,073.60
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15815 $998.75
8/12/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6120 $998.75
4/4/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1253/Lot# 16688 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1854 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8589209851053112413751507162917831878201120942268269934273952551562489234120911657423131
87894110071076120714191547168018141922203821522411294136024473575972431018613585187590
000000154716801814192220382152241129413602447357597243101861358500
000000158817311846196620662210255531843777499460038238111381507900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2699
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2268
Owner: hamitchell
 
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