Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $215.53 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 $3 PF obverse 1880 $3 PF 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: 4/15/2019

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1880 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 5700 7500 9050 11200 15750 21200 41000 - - - - -
1880 $3 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 16000 25000 46000 65000 100000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 70000 - -
1880 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 32500 55000 - 110000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 14
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1880 $3 PF
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Base----------2-----------2
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Total----------2-----------2
 ----------100 %----------- 
1880 $3 PF Cameo
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Base--------------24211---10
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Total--------------24211---10
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1880 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-----2
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Total---------------11-2---4
 ---------------25 %25 %-50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/26/2006 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2609 $40,250.00
5/9/2007 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 2268 $77,625.00
2/1/2009 NGC PF 65   Cameo Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1424 $25,300.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4467 $51,112.50
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1742 $24,675.00
4/22/2015 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5286 $76,375.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $3 PF Cameo
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Base1111112489347835143537357135943952479354476459783983021057113251167271
111118302818349035213548357837134232501157846919799390581146414409167270
000000281834903521354835783713423250115784691979939058114641440900
000000314835023529355935863832451252296121737981479814123571556800
1880 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112870396540044029406740924485540761217222722287199219116651420917475
111119573235397840124041407542234792564564887222772188851003412513152970
000000323539784012404140754223479256456488722277218885100341251300
000000360039914020405440834354509958836855722282209052108491336100
1880 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112268319432273249328133033639443150496007731777569918124781580720401
111117562576320532343259328834153903463753686443746384761077113587173380
000000257632053234325932883415390346375368644374638476107711358700
000000288532163241327032953527416748435687688076099197116241469700
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Grade: PF 58
Points: 3281
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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