Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 801
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $286.63 (8/3/2020)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $3 MS obverse 1885 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1885, the Philadelphia Mint only produced a total of 910 $3 gold pieces, 801 business strikes and 109 proofs. A fair number of business strike coins were saved by collectors at the time. This is evidenced by the NGC Census, which shows most examples are in AU58 or above. Far fewer proofs of this date have been certified, with the numbers relatively evenly split between non cameo and cameo finishes. The average numerical grade tends to be between PF64 and PF65.

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Last Updated: 5/29/2020

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1885 $3 MS
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Base $ 875 1080 1350 2350 3425 4250 4500 4925 6100 6875 7975 8575 13650 25000 27000 53000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 9900 - - - - - -
1885 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 6550 8450 - 17000 - 33600 - - - - -

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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: 154
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/28/2020 1885 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----15461237113189164-----126
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Total-----15461237114199164-----128
 -----1%4%3%5%9%29%1%11%15%7%13%3%----- 
1885 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------12156463-----28
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Total---------12156464-----29
 ---------3%7%3%17%21%14%21%14%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $3 MS PL
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Base15371632173018331941225924452614274028212936300932383639429046307431822010464135721793624152
1568166417641869204723212501265627672859296030853371385644035563769489681150015026200080
000000250126562767285929603085337138564403556376948968115001502600
000000255726982794289729843161350540734516649779579716125361648100
1885 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1217129613801466155818432068226824452555271028072960336538854261647369519298120691596321510
1243132414081496165319182134232724812606274228583095353840104998663277331022113367178120
000000213423272481260627422858309535384010499866327733102211336700
000000220123862518265827742909323037114135573567918515111451466500
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Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 7431
Owner: H.I.M. Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2710
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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