Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $286.90 (8/4/2020)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 S $3 MS obverse 1855 S $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first of only five S-mint issues in this series, the 1855-S boasts an original mintage of only 6,000 pieces. Most of these coins were lost to circulation, and scholars estimate that no more than 95 examples have survived in all grades. The typically encountered representative is apt to grade VF or XF, and only eight pieces are believed extant in About Uncirculated.

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Last Updated: 1/22/2020

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1855 S $3 MS
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Base $ 635 800 1100 2500 3375 5500 7800 11200 21000 36500 43000 57000 84500 - - - - - - -
$ - - 8300 - - - - 71500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 63

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1855 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-14535194315181511-2-1-------169
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 S $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1855 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75891695899014502124288534474706531660566473719889291051518516274284121762769384536912192958
81093096811431674237730723866490955626195671477759457131822148632024484016276948675770660
0000003072386649095562619567147775945713182214863202448401627694867500
0000003259428651125809633469568352998615849244573662055585627695889800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5316
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4706
Owner: X1X1X1
 
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