Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $254.15 (9/25/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1883 $3 MS obverse 1883 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1883, the Philadelphia Mint was busy pumping out over 12 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 900 business strike and 89 proof $3 gold pieces were struck in 1883.

It seems a fair number of the mint state coins were saved, however, as NGC has over 130 examples in its census. Many are on the lower end of mint state, however. In contrast, only 37 proof examples have been seen by NGC, which actually represents a much higher survival rate than the mint state coins.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1883 $3 MS
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Base $ 915 1000 1280 1675 2350 3100 4000 4500 6150 6350 6700 8025 10500 15000 31500 38000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/21/2021 1883 $3 MS
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Base---13-2662026317149128-----127
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Total---13-26620263171410138-----129
 ---1%2%-2%5%5%16%20%2%13%11%8%10%6%----- 
1883 $3 MS PL
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Base----------3-3523------16
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Total----------3-3623------17
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1883 $3 MS DPL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 $3 MS PL
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Base1664171317992055236427993122319836013800421542874381473654766324839789929542101171093311796
1680174218842158250929073147333236673938423943184499498357597015859591759734103891122112386
00000031473332366739384239431844994983575970158595917597341038900
00000031733467373440774263435046185229604177068794935999251066100
1883 $3 MS
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Base157716241707195322502671298230573447363940404111420245465264608981068686922297831057911421
1593165217892052239027753007318735113773406441414317478555396761829988659409100481086011992
00000030073187351137734064414143174785553967618299886594091004800
00000030323317357539064087417244315025581474348493904395961031400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 8164
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 5264
Owner: foresthamilton@universalcoin.com
 
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