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: $222.44 (8/25/2019)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1857 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 585 615 700 970 1260 1400 1530 1670 2300 3375 3750 4800 7825 18350 36500 54500 - - - -
$ - - - - 2700 - - 5800 10000 - 46000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 660
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: 8/20/2019 1857 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--21121441471021671665463713511----660
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----------1--211------5
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Total--21121441471021671675463914611----665
 --0 %0 %2 %2 %6 %7 %15 %25 %25 %1 %7 %6 %2 %1 %0 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/1/1998 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1037, 1037/Lot# 1964 $817.63
7/13/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 942 $1,573.20
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3348 $1,006.25
7/4/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21590 $896.53
10/12/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 219595 $1,150.00
11/14/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3247 $2,003.38
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13544 $1,645.00
7/12/2018 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1277/Lot# 3983 $1,140.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1857 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base858920985105311241375150716291997220524792643283434064347570274871057514715208393001131822
878941100710761207141915471751206622962533270630243719479862978516119551675623896306140
0000001547175120662296253327063024371947986297851611955167562389600
0000001588187421352387258827703215403352506892954513335187972695300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4347
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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