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: $254.78 (9/19/2021)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1884 $3 MS
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Base $ 1100 1300 1750 2050 3050 3625 4400 4800 6250 7400 9000 9950 12000 20000 32000 41000 67500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11000 - - 34000 - - -
1884 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24000 - - - - - -

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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.

Census

 
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: 9/14/2021 1884 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------21131116566413---50
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Total------21131116566413---50
 ------4%2%2%6%22%2%12%10%12%12%8%2%6%--- 
1884 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------22-1------5
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Total------------22-1------5
 ------------40%40%-20%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19411994217825362744332035123601392740824436492451745661601073408745956211374120281295413931
195920552297260529363384354237103979420045995007533657776453780890171016611592123371328014628
0000003542371039794200459950075336577764537808901710166115921233700
0000003571381840304318476150915499589468978277929010770118101264500
1884 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18431895207224172617317433603446376139124255472949715444578370778445924111009116481255213507
18601954218724842803323633893551381140264413481051295557621475338710983011222119491287014182
000000338935513811402644134810512955576214753387109830112221194900
0000003417365638624141457148905286567066467989897610420114351225100
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 7340
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4255
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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