Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $261.58 (7/26/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 $3 MS obverse 1872 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only 2,000 strikes were made for circulation of the 1872 three dollar, the denomination having already outlived its usefulness in commerce--if indeed it ever was useful. Bowers and Winter estimate that between 150 and 215 pieces are known today in all grades, but a mere 20 to 30 examples are extant in Mint State.

In the 1960s Walter Breen made a study of the three dollar series, and he noted the existence of two dies for business strikes and one for proofs. The strikes for circulation he separated into two groups:

1. On the first die pairing, he noted that on the obverse there are outlines around ITED and AMERI. The reverse is the same as the proof die with the date slanting slightly down to the right. 2. The second die pairing shows no outlining around ITED and AMERI. The reverse is different with the date

Bowers and Winter note that high-grade strikes for circulation always show die striations, particularly on the reverse, and of course, with such a low mintage, prooflike examples are often seen.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1872 $3 MS
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Base $ 725 750 1000 1450 2000 2200 2300 3200 5300 5750 7600 8525 12000 28500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 5400 - - 8750 15500 33500 47500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 207
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1872 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----36942138671161734------189
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Total----36942138691161734------191
 ----2%3%5%2%11%20%36%1%8%9%2%2%------ 
1872 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------4-941-------18
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Total----------4-9511------20
 ----------20%-45%25%5%5%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base138014211450170720872464251925852643310337833868442446625563780882268741928198441064311490
1394143115361834221324822541260427963330381140534503496263117947839889219469101101092512065
00000025412604279633303811405345034962631179478398892194691011000
00000025632624295035563840423945835263706080878569910196561037700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3783
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3783
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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