Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,558
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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1859 $3 MS obverse 1859 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only three dates within the denomination are considered common, and this issue is not one of them. The 1859 three-dollar piece is priced at a relatively small advance over the most common issues, 1854, 1874, and 1878. At the same time, it is much scarcer in Mint State condition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/28/2019

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1859 $3 MS
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Base $ 535 585 750 1010 1300 1400 1570 1900 2500 3125 3500 3750 7025 9700 26000 49000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5600 9100 16900 - - - -
1859 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7600 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 600
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1859 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1141329336714118210473581232----597
------------------1---1
-------------31--2----6
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Total---11413293367141182104738912341---604
 ---0 %2 %2 %5 %5 %11 %23 %30 %2 %8 %6 %1 %2 %0 %1 %0 %--- 
1859 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1-2--------3
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Total-----------1-2--------3
 -----------33 %-67 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/22/2003 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23045, 23045/Lot# 11706 $1,150.00
9/16/2007 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2422, 2422/Lot# 2226 $2,072.00
1/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5065 $10,120.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1419 $1,840.00
3/23/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180224 $676.50
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6143 $9,400.00
5/31/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24773 $423.00
11/5/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21065 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1859 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8589209851053112413751510163419132077229824332585300936014565574765459578128831765124623
87894110071076120714201551172719672150234324832726320639224959601375561067914472199750
000000155117271967215023432483272632063922495960137556106791447200
000000159218202022222423882534286734034243535362798567117811606100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2298
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
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