Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,468
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $216.42 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1877 $3 MS obverse 1877 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1877 three dollar gold piece is one of the rarest business-strike dates of the series, with a surviving population estimated at 70-110 examples in all grades. Probably fewer than a dozen specimens are extant in Mint State. The coin offered here is the single finest certified example at either of the leading grading services. Speaking of this coin in his three dollar gold reference, Q. David Bowers wrote: "Harry W. Bass, Jr. owned a choice Mint State coin with what he described as a 'deep mirror prooflike' surface, certainly a candidate for the finest known."

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GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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1877 $3 MS
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Base $ - - - - 6500 10000 14500 17000 22150 24250 25000 41000 51000 75000 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1877 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1-1491111---------28
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Total-----1-1491111---------28
 -----4 %-4 %14 %32 %39 %4 %4 %--------- 
1877 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------11-231-------8
--------------1-------1
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Total---------11-232-------9
 ---------11 %11 %-22 %33 %22 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/3/2000 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1303, 1303/Lot# 1937 $4,536.50
3/24/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 6919 $28,750.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2230 $26,450.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5824 $22,325.00
8/28/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231436/Lot# 61328 $24.00
7/9/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3290 $17,625.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5828 $21,150.00
8/2/2017 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(2), 1258/Lot# 4114 $37,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base134014261515160917072585314936014175449949265180556359656616824799181129412178131121409815138
136814551546164119992773329937924283464150105307569761827159880410376115881248913440144440
00000032993792428346415010530756976182715988041037611588124891344000
00000034503983439147835095543558316399770393611083511883128001376900
1877 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123813191403149215832464300934474004431947344981536757476400788595881378918306247593410636095
126513471432152218762645315536324109445748165109549359646895845210988152942045727874347690
00000031553632410944574816510954935964689584521098815294204572787400
00000033013818421445954898523856206182739090201238816800226083099000
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 6616
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 5965
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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