Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $216.32 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 $3 PF obverse 1869 $3 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

An extremely rare piece of proof gold from the 1860s, one of just 25 pieces originally produced. These were acquired by the modest number of collectors wealthy enough to fritter away what was for some a week's wages on a piece of gold that they had no intention of spending. A reasonable guess of the number of survivors from this year is between 11 and 13 pieces. Diagnostic of 1869 proofs: the date is positioned low and to the left, unlike the preceding year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/26/2019

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1869 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 9375 - - 31000 66500 - - - - -
1869 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35000 70000 95000 - - - -
1869 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 78000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1869 $3 PF
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1869 $3 PF Cameo
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1869 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS PF 61   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 846 $8,941.25
1/3/2007 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3477 $69,000.00
2/1/2009 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1415 $57,500.00
9/4/2011 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1992 $52,900.00
2/7/2012 NGC PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions Monthly World Coin Auction Session(1), 231210/Lot# 62208 $64.00
7/10/2014 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231429/Lot# 61068 $129.25
12/18/2014 NGC PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231452/Lot# 64217 $74.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111252535253621368337733831414147935563783980771038613035111
11111842285835573641371337923934435850496321791888461126913035110
000000285835573641371337923934435850496321791888461126913035100
000000319135893662374338114037457553067080799796161215213035100
1869 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111291040164122419042894353469454076248799989761102813661111
11111970327840514144422343104466493156876831832496601190513661110
000000327840514144422343104466493156876831832496601190513661100
0000003647408641674256433145805169596774158650103441278313661100
1869 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111123023238332833863470352538174431515866857543935311692148881931625536
1111176826143268334734143488362240214673566769718146101321275716364213890
0000002614326833473414348836224021467356676971814610132127571636400
0000002926329833663442350637194226491561767257874910912138221784000
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