Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $261.81 (7/26/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 $3 MS obverse 1870 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

For a number of years after the Civil War, gold and silver coins were rarely seen in commerce. Instead, they were hoarded by those people who could afford to do so. As a result, the Philadelphia Mint produced small amounts of coins at the time, seeing little reason to produce coinage that would also be hoarded. James Pollock addressed the situation in the 1870 Mint report: '...Emerging from a tremendous Civil War which shook every social interest to the very foundation, it is no wonder that our currency continues in an abnormal condition. Most of our people rarely get the sight of a gold or silver coin.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1870 $3 MS
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Base $ 715 750 1000 1375 1850 2150 2300 2375 5200 5300 6250 10000 12250 33000 51500 - - - - -
$ - - - - 5250 5400 6500 - 14500 - 67500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 292
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1870 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----872716277593114723------280
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Total----872716277593115733------282
 ----3%2%10%6%10%27%33%0%5%2%1%1%------ 
1870 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------4143--------12
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Total----------4143--------12
 ----------33%8%33%25%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1454149015311799213424862612268027702814389439844255536758328541100221061811240118881280613775
1466150416201911225125282635271027853174392440744626552267359035102211082511456121941312914464
00000026352710278531743924407446265522673590351022110825114561219400
00000026572740279935343954416549965677763895281041911033116721250000
1870 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base137514101450170720292368249125552643268537303817408051585610824796901027110878115111240813355
138714231536181421422409251225842657303337593905443953096489872898841047311089118101272414023
0000002512258426573033375939054439530964898728988410473110891181000
00000025342614267133823788399247995459736892091007710676113001210900
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 5367
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3730
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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