Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $218.13 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 $3 PF obverse 1870 $3 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The recorded proof emission is 35 coins for the 1870 three dollar gold. Perhaps 12 to 15 survive today, both NGC and PCGS combined have certified 18 pieces, less duplicates. There are a half-dozen examples certified at PCGS, the finest a single Gem proof. Due to the low business-strike emission of only 3,500 coins, deceptive prooflike examples exist, but they are easily distinguished: On true proofs the date is much lower, barely above the bow. The leaf left of the date is complete, while on business strikes it is incomplete. Bowers' recent reference comments regarding business strikes, 'The leaf left of the date is mostly missing, from grinding the die face too deeply, a process that also imparted a prooflike finish.' Proofs also often show diagonal die striae crisscrossing in the field.

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Last Updated: 5/3/2019

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1870 $3 PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 6750 - - 11900 18000 24200 66500 - - - - -
1870 $3 PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 9250 - 25000 38000 70000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1870 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1---3-------4
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Total----------1---3-------4
 ----------25 %---75 %------- 
1870 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------24------6
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Total--------------24------6
 --------------33 %67 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
1/10/1998 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7715 $28,750.00
2/4/2009 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2654 $19,435.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5067 $80,500.00
1/8/2014 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5399 $55,812.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111252535253621368337733831414147935563695187681041813108111
11111842285835573641371337923934435850496025755693181131413108110
000000285835573641371337923934435850496025755693181131413108100
000000319135893662374338114037457553066488816298681221113108100
1870 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111291040164122419042894353469454076248775697231150014389111
111119703278405141444223431044664931568767508411103151246314389110
0000003278405141444223431044664931568767508411103151246314389100
0000003647408641674256433145805169596772539067109071342614389100
1870 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111123023238332833863470352538174431515864738200977212341158792081827811
1111176826143268334734143488362240214673559670488724106281352017525231490
0000002614326833473414348836224021467355967048872410628135201752500
0000002926329833663442350637194226491560347624924811484146991917100
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