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: $188.33 (9/22/2017)
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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Last Updated: 7/12/2017

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1878 $3 MS
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Base $ 445 555 640 875 1075 1150 1175 1225 1350 2000 2100 2450 3800 4800 11800 22400 63500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5376
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 NGC MS 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3219 $17,825.00
11/8/2004 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #19, 23/Lot# 415 $1,667.50
1/3/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 5733 $2,875.00
8/8/2010 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2902, 2902/Lot# 2288 $747.50
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2073 $4,095.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218663 $875.00
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21067 $4,494.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8539159781047111713631490160917701869200820942268269934063668460456568515106511438919799
8739361001107011991405152916621803191520362152241129343493398049546609922711897161920
00000015291662180319152036215224112934349339804954660992271189700
00000015691716183619612065221025553170358042925305756299391314300
1878 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2411
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 2094
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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