Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 14,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $264.55 (5/12/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 S $3 MS obverse 1857 S $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1857-S threes are usually only encountered in VF-XF grades. In 1857, gold dust was still plentiful in the San Francisco area following the Gold Rush that began in 1848. After the newly built branch mint resolved its problems with a lack of parting acids in 1855, there was still a significant need for lower denomination gold coins on the West Coast. In 1857, there were 14,250 three dollar gold pieces struck in the western facility. While that seems like a paltry number, it is actually a significant mintage for this little-used odd denomination. What is significant, of course, is the extraordinary degree of preservation for this '57-S. Uncirculated examples of this issue have been recognized and highly sought after since one was offered in an Elmer Sears fixed price list a century ago, followed by one in an Elder sale from 1914 where the coin was described as 'excessively rare.'

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Last Updated: 5/4/2020

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1857 S $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 800 845 975 1550 2600 4700 5850 8750 15750 22000 26500 48500 66500 107500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 208
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1857 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5493429332429299111--------208
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Total-5493429332429299111--------208
 -2%2%4%16%14%16%12%14%14%4%0%0%0%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 S $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1857 S $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13691515165819692335278134473968420249355922675374879450998113112187232708939881111
141715621761209124833003362040464446526461996997814196271102414982215113135339881111
000000362040464446526461996997814196271102414982215113135339881100
000000379441244690559364767242879598041206816852243003561739881100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7487
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4935
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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