Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $265.38 (7/29/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 $3 MS obverse 1869 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1869 is scarce in all grades and especially so in AU condition. Only 2,500 circulation strikes were produced. An interesting feature regarding the 1869 was noted in Bowers' 1987 Saunders auction: The final digit is more heavily punched in the die than the other digits, leading one to suspect a three-digit punch was used for the date with the last digit to be filled in. Because of the tiny mintages in the three dollar series, the use of such a three-digit punch would have maximized economy and flexibility.

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Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1869 $3 MS
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Base $ 725 750 1000 1350 1875 2350 2350 2850 4975 5250 7025 10850 13750 33000 52500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 189
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1869 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----4323718514951952-------186
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Total----4323718514951952-------186
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1869 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3-----------3
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Total----------3-----------3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base138014211450170720092385260426712671293636753817429049355879824797561034010951115871248713439
139414311536180821342458262626712759318237223975450552506668875099511054411163118871280414111
0000002626267127593182372239754505525066688750995110544111631188700
00000026492671284834293770413247205564745892531014510747113751218700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3689
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3675
Owner: Jeff Medley
 
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