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: $272.26 (6/13/2021)
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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Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1880 $3 MS
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Base $ 715 885 1230 1750 2350 3250 3500 3875 5525 5800 7350 8250 8750 11000 19500 45500 78500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 9500 12000 22000 50000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, 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: 6/8/2021 1880 $3 MS
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Base--1---11149-131313261331---99
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Total--1---11149-131413331541---110
 --1%---1%1%1%4%8%-12%13%12%30%14%4%1%--- 
1880 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1335------12
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Total------------1335------12
 ------------8%25%25%42%------ 
1880 $3 MS DPL
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14461490168220122417279931933270338635504165425547154952507655827008959211591122541319314183
146115541792214725442930321933093441375541954408479449935245605778691025811812125671352314892
0000003219330934413755419544084794499352456057786910258118121256700
0000003244334734953960422545624873503554136533873110925120331288000
1880 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13681410159419112302267130513126323833963992408045264756487653676753927111221118691278613754
13821471170020412425279830763163329135954021422946034796504058297592992111437121751310914442
000000307631633291359540214229460347965040582975929921114371217500
0000003101320133433793405143774679483652036291843210571116531248000
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 5582
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 4526
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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