Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 82,304
Catalog: KM-84
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.015g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $196.20 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 10/1/2015

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1878 $3 MS
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Base $ 380 510 570 880 1100 1300 1420 1500 1600 2300 2650 3100 4300 6500 12250 23750 61500 - - -
$ 1200 - 1475 1550 1725 - - 3500 5000 7000 14000 30500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5324
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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8/14/2016 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8422
8/14/2016 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8420


Auction Prices Realized

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11/4/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 8322 $2,472.50
7/2/2007 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2389, 2389/Lot# 1947 $784.00
11/15/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 6487 $1,782.50
6/17/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3602 $632.50
8/21/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 14887 $1,540.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1441 $1,380.00
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2073 $4,095.00
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5095 $1,057.50


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 64
Points: 3661
Owner: Midas Q. Morgan
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2411
Owner: JTO
 
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