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: $274.28 (9/23/2020)
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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Last Updated: 1/3/2020

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1869 $3 PF
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1869 $3 PF CA
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1869 $3 PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1869 $3 PF
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 $3 PF CA
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Base111111252535253621368337733831414147935563783980771038613035111
11111842285835573641371337923934435850496321791888461126913035110
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000000319135893662374338114037457553067080799796161215213035100
1869 $3 PF UC
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Base111111291040164122419042894353469454076248799989761102813661111
11111970327840514144422343104466493156876831832496601190513661110
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0000003647408641674256433145805169596774158650103441278313661100
1869 $3 PF
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Base11111123023238332833863470352538174431515866857543935311692148881931625536
1111176826143268334734143488362240214673566769718146101321275716364213890
0000002614326833473414348836224021467356676971814610132127571636400
0000002926329833663442350637194226491561767257874910912138221784000
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