Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $182.49 (2/25/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 $3 MS obverse 1880 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1880, the Philadelphia Mint was busy pumping out 12.6 million Morgan silver dollars, most of which ended up sitting in government vaults. Due to this huge silver dollar mintage, the production of other denominations suffered greatly. For example, only a mere 1000 business strike and 36 proof $3 gold pieces were struck that year.

Today, it is believed that perhaps half of the mint state coins have survived, along with maybe half of the proofs. The business strike coins tend to be in the lower to mid range of mint state, from MS61-MS64. Gem examples are quite rare. Proofs on the other hand, average just under gem and most have a cameo finish. A survival rate of 50% or so seems to be a reasonable assumption for the proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2015

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1880 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 500 750 950 1450 2150 3050 3250 3600 4550 4900 6800 7350 9000 10750 21500 46000 73000 - - -
$ - - 3400 3900 - - - - - - 29000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1986 $11,500.00
11/2/2003 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1800, 1800/Lot# 1736 $2,970.00
7/5/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 1143 $14,950.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2007 $1,495.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7458 $5,750.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3832 $18,800.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3952 $8,225.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6709 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91097410411113118618432029219723022368246425252699300936394217546664008547111141472619881
9319961065113714051905208522322324240024842583280232193831463357777115940212318164440
00000020852232232424002484258328023219383146335777711594021231800
000000214122672346243225042641290534294024504960887831102581352200
1880 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996106311341212129019872184236224712542264327072890321638774482578767608993116551539220612
101810861160123815222052224323982494257526642768299834364078491761117504988012900171320
00000022432398249425752664276829983436407849176111750498801290000
000000230224342518260926852829310736564280535264358248107671414600
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 4482
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2699
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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