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: $186.13 (10/18/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/12/2017

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1885 $3 MS
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Base $ 875 1075 1350 1800 2350 3050 4000 4650 5550 6000 6650 8800 14000 20650 28500 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 9900 - - - - - -
1885 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 6550 8450 - 17000 - 33600 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/14/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2098 $3,967.50
2/10/2008 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2354 $8,913.00
6/6/2010 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2866, 2866/Lot# 2427 $805.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 61   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3337 $6,462.50
8/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 128137 $1,320.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13199 $27,025.00
11/6/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3955 $6,462.50
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6717 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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.
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2710
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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