Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 82,304
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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1878 $3 MS obverse 1878 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Series aficionados know that the dates usually selected for type purposes are either the 1854, which has by far the largest mintage, at 138,618 business strikes, the 1874, with a moderate midseries production of 41,800 coins, and the 1878, the last large three dollar gold emission, with a total of 82,304 pieces made.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1878 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 445 555 640 875 1080 1150 1180 1230 1250 2000 2100 2350 3900 5275 10000 17500 63500 - - -
$ - - - 1250 1400 - 2275 2900 4250 5600 13600 25500 91500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5472
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base143636321027319553214241198499555234311283610---5459
------------3--2-43---12
---------12-11091993----54
----------------11----2
Total143636321027319553314261198539655324521384413---5527
 0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %1 %4 %10 %26 %2 %15 %17 %10 %8 %2 %1 %0 %--- 
1878 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-353-1-----13
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Total----------1-353-1-----13
 ----------8 %-23 %38 %23 %-8 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/22/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2656, 2656/Lot# 2826 $1,955.00
6/29/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 388, 394/Lot# 715 $6,900.00
9/20/2010 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18602/Lot# 1235 $3,042.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1435 $2,357.50
2/17/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 100721 $1,084.60
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4172 $2,608.50
10/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8948 $705.00
7/12/2018 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1277/Lot# 3986 $1,440.00
12/13/2018 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(4), 1282/Lot# 7969 $960.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8539159781047111713631490160917701869200820942268269934063668460456568515106511438919799
8739361001107011991405152916621803191520362152241129343493398049546609922711897161920
00000015291662180319152036215224112934349339804954660992271189700
00000015691716183619612065221025553170358042925305756299391314300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3668
Owner: Jim Sp
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3406
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
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