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: $295.63 (8/7/2020)
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: 4/24/2020

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1879 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 5325 6750 7500 9050 11600 14500 27000 48500 - - - - -
1879 $3 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 11000 - 18750 30500 47500 - - - - -
1879 $3 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 21400 32500 55000 71500 120000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 68000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1879 $3 PF
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Total--------------1-------1
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1879 $3 PF CA
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Base------------1-2-4-----7
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Total------------1-2-5-----8
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1879 $3 PF UC
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Base----------------3-1---4
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Total----------------3-1---4
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NGC Registry

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