Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,010
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $258.13 (6/24/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 $3 MS obverse 1856 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1856 three had a mintage of 26,010 coins, and nearly all survivors show evidence of circulation. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth observe that this date appears infrequently in auction, and that Mint State examples are rare. In The United States $3 Gold Pieces, Dave Bowers agrees: 'In Mint State the rarity of the 1856 is not widely appreciated. Truly choice and gem pieces are seldom seen in the marketplace now, nor were they ever plentiful.'

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Last Updated: 5/4/2020

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1856 $3 MS
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Base $ 525 575 725 970 1100 1200 1375 1525 2150 3100 3650 4650 6875 14000 41500 60000 - - - -
$ - - 1425 - 2250 - 4200 5250 8750 18000 46000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 838
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1856 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2112197053105173257155449198------837
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Total--2112197053105173257155452199------841
 --0%0%1%2%8%6%12%21%31%2%6%6%2%1%------ 
1856 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base120612431312150217691895194119852134225226803198345338574582615392821057112775178052522926824
121812661375159118111910195620352173239528533283358840995106719697121130614452202802576128165
0000001956203521732395285332833588409951067196971211306144522028000
00000019702084221325373025336837224340562982391014112040161282275400
1856 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113711731239142116781799183418862029214325553057330336944396592289681022610831114621235513299
114911951300150717181811185119342067228027223139343339284905693793871042811041117601267013964
0000001851193420672280272231393433392849056937938710428110411176000
0000001869198121052418289032213564416254137953980710629112521205700
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 6153
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2555
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
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