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: $187.51 (11/23/2017)
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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1858 $3 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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11/24/1999 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1240, 1240/Lot# 2063 $2,215.50
2/24/2003 NGC AU 58   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1981 $4,370.00
8/13/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1752 $6,900.00
12/8/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(5), 1162/Lot# 9804 $1,150.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5831 $15,275.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5121 $3,818.75
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195143 $3,194.40
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 6981 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1858 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98010471118119312711753214324643061338638034048443150495656713884281292917641245093465636669
10021070114312191431188322502663316935253884417546375251615075689928144991993027891353270
0000002250266331693525388441754637525161507568992814499199302789100
00000023572862327736643966430348435453664479981142816070222193127300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3803
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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