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: $269.15 (5/17/2021)
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: 2/12/2021

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1859 $3 MS
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Base $ 550 600 775 1050 1300 1400 1550 1800 2575 3375 4275 4800 7000 9700 27500 49000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5600 9100 16900 - - - -
1859 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7600 - - - - - - - -

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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: 607
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1859 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1151330356714118510473581232----604
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----------1--31--2----7
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Total---11513303567141186104738912341---612
 ---0%2%2%5%6%11%23%30%2%8%6%1%2%0%1%0%--- 
1859 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1-2--------3
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Total-----------1-2--------3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1859 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8589209851053112413751510163419132077229824332585300936014565574765459578128831765124623
878941100710761207142015511727196721502343248327263206392249596013755610679144721997525854
000000155117271967215023432483272632063922495960137556106791447200
000000159218202022222423882534286734034243535362798567117811606100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2298
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2298
Owner: X1X1X1
 
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