Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 106
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $283.37 (9/19/2020)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1884 $3 PF obverse 1884 $3 PF 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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Last Updated: 6/5/2020

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1884 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 4800 5375 7350 7500 9675 14000 14500 31000 51500 87000 - - -
1884 $3 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 8750 10900 15000 25000 37500 54000 90000 - - -
1884 $3 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 19400 26500 47000 60000 115000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 30500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1884 $3 PF
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Base----------1211-2------7
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Total----------1211-2------7
 ----------14%29%14%14%-29%------ 
1884 $3 PF CA
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Base------------3-486231--27
----------------12----3
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Total------------3-487431--30
 ------------10%-13%27%23%13%10%3%-- 
1884 $3 PF UC
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Base---------------121----4
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Total---------------121----4
 ---------------25%50%25%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 $3 PF CA
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550845563702775861022612580160661
111117082419302630713110315432613782468452436051721384661101013742160660
000000241930263071311031543261378246845243605172138466110101374200
000000271430433082312731653346413348845403653973999346117951490400
1884 $3 PF UC
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Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157266248783984451129413823175531
111118222791346535153559360737244298528959006778804193941213715066175530
000000279134653515355936073724429852895900677880419394121371506600
0000003119348435283577361938184684550760747308824310344129801630900
1884 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414147065158654570779588118361517419820
111116432203277028122849289029893479432948565620672279141033712948167220
000000220327702812284928902989347943294856562067227914103371294800
000000247827862823286429003069381045175007608268998751110861406100
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