Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
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: $192.50 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 $3 MS obverse 1879 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The healthy mintage of 1878 three dollar coins made the piece a type issue, produced to the extent of more than 82,000 coins. This was related to the reestablishment of parity between silver coins, gold coins, and currency, something that had not occurred for more than two decades previous to that time. But after parity was achieved, there was no need for the three dollar gold coins to serve any particular function. The mintage plummeted in 1879 to a mere 3,000 coins.

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1879 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 515 580 890 1200 1550 1750 2150 2700 3200 4000 5200 7450 8400 21000 26500 90000 - - -
$ 1300 - 1950 2350 2950 - 4400 5700 7900 11000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 389
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/1996 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Signature Sale #149, 149/Lot# 5970 $18,700.00
2/11/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 6672 $10,062.50
3/27/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1288, 1288/Lot# 1989 $5,486.00
1/22/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2119 $2,760.00
9/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1434 $2,875.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4466 $15,275.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194217 $1,712.70
7/11/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20670 $14,393.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811578175319542077224723522525296034863783471957478686107931448519802
8919541020109012191446163618201995213322822409267031353585409550616726938812023162570
00000016361820199521332282240926703135358540955061672693881202300
000000169418872036219023172467281533103684440754047706100901325400
1879 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base926991106011311206146116651847205621842359246826483099364239484914597389929554991810226
9471014108311561291152917251916209822422395252827983280374442705267697991799675100200
0000001725191620982242239525282798328037444270526769799179967500
0000001786198621412300243125882948346138464592562079859366979600
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3823
Owner: Irxharts
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2247
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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