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: $216.42 (10/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1856 S $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 615 750 900 1150 1310 2050 2650 4400 6775 12400 14300 18200 30000 60000 - - - - - -
$ - - - 4400 7600 - - 25000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 570
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: 10/8/2019 1856 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base513141670509948769066111371------570
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---------11-----------2
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Total513141670509948769167111371------572
 1 %2 %2 %3 %12 %9 %17 %8 %13 %16 %12 %0 %2 %1 %1 %0 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2008 NGC XF 40   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4651 $1,610.00
9/17/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 411, 417/Lot# 5913 $4,485.00
7/8/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 4636 $920.00
10/19/2011 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3158, 3158/Lot# 1983 $650.00
12/25/2011 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 29140 $608.30
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6550 $5,581.25
6/27/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2497 $10,281.25
1/4/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6682 $4,700.00
7/6/2017 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(3), 1257/Lot# 4198 $1,292.50
12/13/2018 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1282/Lot# 3733 $1,110.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $3 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1856 $3 MS S
 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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