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: $257.12 (7/9/2020)
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: 5/4/2020

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1871 $3 MS
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Base $ 700 735 1000 1400 2100 2200 2350 3200 3850 5250 6350 7700 10250 20500 35000 54500 80000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 199
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: 7/7/2020 1871 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----251381032872161175------198
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Total----251381032882161275------200
 ----1%3%7%4%5%16%44%1%8%6%4%3%------ 
1871 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry Score 1871 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1871 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9691036110711811258150517181907224524402702286030573675421752017077824711971162882256931829
991105911311206134015761781201923102527275429253263385545455826746794881341018381256550
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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