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: $295.63 (8/7/2020)
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: 7/24/2020

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1879 $3 MS
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Base $ 465 565 750 1250 1555 1685 1750 1920 2750 3100 3450 3825 6650 8650 13900 26000 66500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5500 7650 10000 14000 29000 - -
1879 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21500 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 407
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 8/4/2020 1879 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2244526965355032951741---378
--------------113-----5
---------------73-----10
---------------1------1
Total----22445269653550331042341---394
 ----1%1%1%1%1%7%24%1%9%13%8%26%6%1%0%--- 
1879 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------6--6411------27
--------------1-1-----2
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Total----------6--65111-----29
 ----------21%--21%17%38%3%----- 
1879 $3 MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2-------2
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-------------1--------1
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Total-------------12-------3
 -------------33%67%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base926991106011311206146116651847205621842359246826483099364239484914597389929554991810226
9471014108311561291152917251916209822422395252827983280374442705267697991799675100200
0000001725191620982242239525282798328037444270526769799179967500
0000001786198621412300243125882948346138464592562079859366979600
1879 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811578175319542077224723522525296034863783471957478686107931448519802
8919541020109012191446163618201995213322822409267031353585409550616726938812023162570
00000016361820199521332282240926703135358540955061672693881202300
000000169418872036219023172467281533103684440754047706100901325400
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3948
Owner: Flinders Petrie
 
Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3642
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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