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: $295.63 (8/7/2020)
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: 6/26/2020

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1883 $3 MS
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Base $ 915 1000 1280 2450 2750 3000 4000 4500 5025 5900 7150 8000 10500 15000 31500 38000 - - - -
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 141
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1883 $3 MS
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Base---13-2661924317149128-----124
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Total---13-26619243171410138-----126
 ---1%2%-2%5%5%15%19%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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Base985105311241200127816971963219423852502266727702941329438384516606472109727109381126811882
1007107611491226141717852040225724242557270128273058347540645032644680491013011048114720
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000000211723212463261227352884317636564290554868288888105341115800
1883 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92699110601131120616091865208722712385254326432807314936754333583669519403105841090611505
94710141083115613401694193921482309243725762697292133243894483462077768979610691111050
00000019392148230924372576269729213324389448346207776897961069100
000000201322092347249026092752303534994113533565798585101901079800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5836
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 4834
Owner: Thornton
 
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