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: $216.40 (9/15/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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1856 $3 MS
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Base $ 500 560 725 970 1100 1200 1380 1500 2150 3100 3650 4650 6875 14000 41500 60000 - - - -
$ - - 1430 - 2250 - 4200 5250 8750 18000 46000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 822
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: 9/10/2019 1856 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2112186752100172254155250179------821
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Total--21121867521001722541552531710------825
 --0 %0 %1 %2 %8 %6 %12 %21 %31 %2 %6 %6 %2 %1 %------ 
1856 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/12/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 256, 262/Lot# 5956 $2,239.05
9/6/2009 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3347 $2,415.00
1/5/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6806 $2,769.20
1/15/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/15/2012, 3/Lot# 32014 $632.50
6/5/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5648 $881.25
6/24/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3436, 3436/Lot# 2429 $650.00
10/1/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The Oct 2015 Rarities Auction, 6133/Lot# 106 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1856 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85892098510531124137515101634186920092201231924173103385245917014898412318171972442925986
878941100710761207142015511712191520732240235126453352409853987670100951394419607249480
0000001551171219152073224023512645335240985398767010095139441960700
0000001592179019622137227923842874360243446206832711206155702201800
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2201
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2201
Owner: JTO
 
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