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: $222.44 (8/25/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1884 $3 MS obverse 1884 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By the mid 1880's, the $3 gold piece was far past its prime. In fact, demand for the denomination was so low that the Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,106 $3 gold pieces in 1884. A thousand of those pieces were mint state coins meant for circulation, and the balance were proofs. For whatever reason, it seems this date was not saved in the same numbers as the 1883 or 1885 issues, making the 1884 comparatively harder to find. The proofs obviously had a much lower mintage than the mint state issue, but NGC has actually certified a similar number of proofs. This is likely due to much higher survival rates for the proof issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1884 $3 MS
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Base $ 1100 1300 1750 2300 3050 3625 4400 4800 6350 7400 8100 10350 11600 20000 32000 41000 67500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11000 - - 34000 - - -
1884 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 8/20/2019 1884 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------211310167565-3---50
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Total------211310167565-3---50
 ------4 %2 %2 %6 %20 %2 %12 %14 %10 %12 %10 %-6 %--- 
1884 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------22-1------5
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Total------------22-1------5
 ------------40 %40 %-20 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/21/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 6404 $14,375.00
6/29/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 388, 394/Lot# 716 $19,550.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2013 $2,760.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7462 $6,670.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4825 $11,500.00
2/7/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1182/Lot# 4837 $3,525.00
12/29/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 149025 $764.50
4/25/2019 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1294/Lot# 3848 $16,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12881371145715491644189521132308243825192636271029413307389444426644734011255135881825724987
1315139914871580172719672178235124652558266027873063350240765176687686451203215144205000
000000217823512465255826602787306335024076517668768645120321514400
000000224323942492259726852864318536984259591071089950128101670000
1884 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12171296138014661558179920092197232224012513258528073149373042616400707710894131721773924333
1243132414081496163818692071223823482438253726592921334239074974662583491165314694199370
000000207122382348243825372659292133423907497466258349116531469400
000000213422802374247525612733303535364084568768519621124121621600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2513
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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