Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,300
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $266.86 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 $3 MS obverse 1871 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By 1871, the three dollar gold denomination had long outlived whatever usefulness it might have had, Paul M. Green, in an article for Numismatic News published October 21, 2008, needled the oft-floated rationale for the three dollar gold piece as a way to buy sheets of stamps, suggesting that perhaps a member of Congress anticipated 'an outbreak of pen pals.' Certainly, the 1,300 business strike three dollar gold pieces in 1871 did not buy too many stamps.

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Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1871 $3 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 200
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: 5/11/2021 1871 $3 MS
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Base----251381032882161175------199
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Total----251381032892161275------201
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1871 $3 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $3 MS PL
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Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1871 $3 MS
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Base9691036110711811258150517181907224524402702286030573675421752017077824711971162882256931829
9911059113112061340157617812019231025272754292532633855454558267467948813410183812565533420
000000178120192310252727542925326338554545582674679488134101838100
0000001844213223752614280729913469403648736451785710729148492047500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3675
Owner: X1X1X1
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2702
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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