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: $269.15 (5/17/2021)
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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Last Updated: 5/4/2020

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1865 $3 MS
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Base $ 1850 2050 2400 2900 4650 8450 10500 11000 13750 16500 18250 20500 27500 55000 62500 97000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 25500 - - - 107500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1865 $3 MS
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Base-1--1-477121831041411----74
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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 PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 $3 MS PL
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Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1865 $3 MS
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Base11731249133114161505219727813238354537303984414144584935526466168200900710226152512000226731
11981276135914451735239129333340360638144036424646175044571471448469941311901168342224528068
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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