Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,140
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $216.42 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 $3 MS obverse 1865 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The elusive 1865 Three Dollar Gold has the lowest mintage figure of any issue in this challenging series struck prior to 1881, with only 1,140 business strikes produced. For that reason alone it has always been a popular coin with collectors, but unlike some later date, low mintage issues, the 1865 is genuinely rare in all grades. There are perhaps fewer than 65 pieces extant today, and most survivors are AU at best, with the population of Mint State pieces believed to be in the neighborhood of 20-25 coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1865 $3 MS
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Base $ 1850 2050 2400 3875 6250 8750 10500 11000 13750 16500 18250 20600 27500 55000 63000 97000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 25500 - - - 107500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, 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: 10/8/2019 1865 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1--1-477121831041411----74
-----------------11---2
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Total-1--1-4771218310514121---77
 -1 %--1 %-5 %9 %9 %16 %23 %4 %13 %6 %1 %5 %1 %3 %1 %--- 
1865 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2---------2
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Total------------2---------2
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/26/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 1925 $14,375.00
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3349 $8,912.50
4/8/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 3336 $4,100.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2154 $12,043.75
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5673 $9,400.00
7/7/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1237/Lot# 4436 $3,525.00
4/25/2019 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1294/Lot# 4695 $8,400.00
9/5/2019 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1299/Lot# 4883 $9,000.00
9/5/2019 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1299/Lot# 4158 $4,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1865 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11731249133114161505219727813238354537303984414144584935526466168200900710226152512000226731
1198127613591445173523912933334036063814403642464617504457147144846994131190116834222450
000000293333403606381440364246461750445714714484699413119011683400
000000308534423668389940884352477651546165767287389819135761841800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4458
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3984
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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