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: $265.53 (5/11/2021)
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: 1/14/2021

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1878 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 585 650 850 1050 1100 1150 1200 1350 1850 2000 2300 3700 4850 10000 15750 50000 - - -
$ - - - 1225 1375 - 2200 2750 4100 5400 13250 25000 80000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5576
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: 5/11/2021 1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base143638331137520054814501228539715304401293611---5563
------------3--2-43---12
---------14--9122582----61
----------------11----2
Total143638331137520054914541228569805424671384314---5638
 0%0%0%0%1%1%2%1%4%10%26%2%15%17%10%8%2%1%0%--- 
1878 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-353-1-----13
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Total----------1-353-1-----13
 ----------8%-23%38%23%-8%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
332608761148133915001664183319672110222624312923359041435296737510287180753657051328
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1878 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8539159781047111713631490160917701869200820942268269934063668460456568515106511438919799
87393610011070119914051529166218031915203621522411293434933980495466099227118971619220789
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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