Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,133
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $264.63 (5/12/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 $3 MS obverse 1858 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

According to Walter Breen (1988), the Philadelphia Mint produced 2,133 three dollar gold pieces on August 26, 1858. These were the only business strikes to bear this date, although an unknown, but presumably limited number of proofs were also delivered at some other time this year. Prior to 1858, production of this denomination had remained above 20,000 coins at the parent facility. Therefore, this issue stands as the first of numerous low mintage deliveries from the Philadelphia Mint.

It is unlikely that more than 100 business strike 1858 three dollar gold pieces are extant, and most of these coins fall into the VF-XF grade range.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/13/2020

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1858 $3 MS
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Base $ 615 685 800 1650 2350 3500 4100 6750 9500 12000 13000 17000 23000 44000 64500 - - - - -
1858 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 12500 - - - - - - - - - - -

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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: 121
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1858 $3 MS
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1858 $3 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 $3 MS PL
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Base1345136614541589234527993073338638174565565660076473682074659478108391334818241251952682430424
1352139514991841249628903177353040664929577361626589703581369932116751497920559257382802431945
00000031773530406649295773616265897035813699321167514979205592573800
000000328236734316529258906318670472508807103851251216610228772628100
1858 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271129013751505223326712936323834864361504955635747640071989160104871293717723245362613429666
1277131814181748237927593037332137784590522056245965666678529602113041453219994250692731131149
00000030373321377845905220562459656666785296021130414532199942506900
000000313734034069482053925686618269328506100451212016128222652560100
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Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 5656
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5049
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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