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: $267.32 (5/11/2021)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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1877 $3 MS
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1877 $3 MS
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1877 $3 MS PL
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Base---------11-331-------9
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Total---------11-332-------10
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base134014261515160917072585314936014175449949265180556359656616824799181129412178131121409815138
1368145515461641199927733299379242834641501053075697618271598804103761158812489134401444415895
00000032993792428346415010530756976182715988041037611588124891344000
00000034503983439147835095543558316399770393611083511883128001376900
1877 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123813191403149215832464300934474004431947344981536757476400788595881378918306247593410636095
1265134714321522187626453155363241094457481651095493596468958452109881529420457278743476937900
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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