Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $181.20 (3/23/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $3 MS obverse 1879 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia pumped out some 82,000 $3 gold pieces in 1878, the mintage plummeted to only 3,000 in 1879. Additionally, 30 proofs were struck in 1879 as well.

This precipitous drop in mintage is clearly reflected in the NGC census, which shows over 5,000 1878 examples graded, compared to only around 400 of the 1879. NGC has only graded a total of 12 examples of the proof issue of this date. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2015

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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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3/27/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1288, 1288/Lot# 1989 $5,486.00
3/24/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(6)", 1138/Lot# 9719 $460.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1444 $4,715.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4817 $6,037.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5135 $5,728.13
1/19/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 787, 796/Lot# 10263 $15,250.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194217 $1,712.70
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10229 $14,100.00
2/16/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1252/Lot# 5003 $3,055.00


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: MS 63
Points: 3486
Owner: #
 
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