Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 34,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $257.12 (7/9/2020)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 S $3 MS obverse 1856 S $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The comparatively high mintage (34,500 pieces) 1856-S was eagerly and extensively circulated in the bustling 1850s economy of the Western United States and is, today, considered a real find even in problem-free AU grades. Pieces grading mint state are of the utmost importance and rarity. Only a handful are known to exist, five or six at most.

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Last Updated: 5/8/2020

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1856 S $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 625 775 900 1150 1735 2800 2975 4250 7100 12400 13300 18200 36000 60000 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 579
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 1856 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6131416725010149749269111371------579
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---------11-----------2
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Total6131416725010149749370111371------581
 1%2%2%3%12%9%17%8%13%16%12%0%2%1%1%0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1856 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8409169499901131155818652124310835834160448549355466616978591278818094260363806911
86592796210371273166019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806910
00000019512452326637754268463551125700673295021455620741300473806900
000000203727803424396743764785528959347295111451632523388340583806900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4935
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4160
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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