Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
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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1866 $3 MS obverse 1866 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

From an original mintage of 4,000 business strikes, an estimated 150 to 220 1866 three dollar gold pieces are thought to exist, of which perhaps 25 to 40 are in Mint State (David Bowers and Douglas Winter, 2005).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2019

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1866 $3 MS
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Base $ 675 690 930 1310 1500 2050 2325 2450 3500 5050 5850 8100 9400 12350 38500 48000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1866 $3 MS
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Base-----114201541441249512-----177
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Total-----114201542441249512-----178
 -----1 %8 %11 %8 %24 %25 %1 %13 %5 %3 %1 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/11/1997 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 6616 $8,050.00
9/23/1998 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #191, 191/Lot# 796 $797.50
5/11/2003 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1722, 1722/Lot# 1378 $1,650.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3261 $2,645.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1219 $1,404.00
6/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5659 $1,292.50
10/20/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 127591 $1,540.00
8/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4329 $2,702.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1866 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9531019108911631239145016341799212823192573272729103486434751046820796011690159312210731224
975104211131188130915111689190821912403262427883102377345995676720092031310317989251460
000000168919082191240326242788310237734599567672009203131031798900
0000001744201822552488267528493294406048516248758010446145172004800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2910
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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