Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $188.33 (9/24/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $3 PF obverse 1879 $3 PF 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: 7/12/2017

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1879 $3 PF
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1879 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 11000 - 18750 30500 47500 - - - - -
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1879 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 21400 32500 55000 71500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 59000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/13/2011 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4852 $14,375.00
10/17/2012 PCGS PF 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5459 $4,312.50
11/29/2012 NGC PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4908 $15,275.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5842 $18,212.50
2/4/2016 PCGS Genuine Proof   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1232/Lot# 4271 $3,995.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111123023238326432813307332436394431510460897431785910226128061627621077
111117682614324632693289331234293903465554326536757386481108613962178760
000000261432463269328933123429390346555432653675738648110861396200
000000292632553275329833183534416748795760698377169437119461511900
1879 $3 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112525352535533571359836163952479355056545796084101089413594172161
111118422858353435593580360437284232503058517016811092381179414801172160
000000285835343559358036043728423250305851701681109238117941480100
0000003191354335653589361038404512526761987488826010066126941600800
1879 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112910401640474067409741174485540761857317884993361201214909187791
1111197032784026405340774103423947925666656278279011102281297716199187790
0000003278402640534077410342394792566665627827901110228129771619900
0000003647403640604087411043625099592569398338917311120139431748900
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