Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,891
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $266.83 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 $3 MS obverse 1857 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

One of the scarcest of the early P-mints, much more challenging than the 1854, '55, or '56, yet, an issue that lacks a sufficiently low mintage to be truly memorable to those collectors who live and die by mintages and the rarity they may indicate. However, it is in the realm of condition rarity that the 1857 is more easily recognized as important, especially in MS 65.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1857 $3 MS
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Base $ 600 625 700 950 1250 1400 1500 1650 2300 3350 4275 4875 7800 18350 36500 54500 - - - -
$ - - - - 2700 - - 5800 10000 - 46000 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 671
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1857 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--211414414810717016454738145-1----671
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----------1--211------5
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Total--211414414810717016554740156-1----676
 --0%0%2%2%6%7%16%25%24%1%7%6%2%1%-0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1857 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base858920985105311241375150716291997220524792643283434064347570274871057514715208393001131822
8789411007107612071419154717512066229625332706302437194798629785161195516756238963061433413
0000001547175120662296253327063024371947986297851611955167562389600
0000001588187421352387258827703215403352506892954513335187972695300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4347
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2205
Owner: X1X1X1
 
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