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: $257.86 (6/24/2021)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/12/2021

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1885 $3 MS
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Base $ 875 1080 1350 1800 2350 3050 3875 4200 6100 6750 8425 8950 14000 23000 28500 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 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: 155
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1885 $3 MS
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Base-----15471237113189164-----127
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Total-----15471237114199164-----129
 -----1%4%3%5%9%29%1%11%15%7%12%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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Base1623167118762113245127993098317435503683435045464996512561537465809191609718103001112712001
1639173919552226256728993123329935943905441546965039546865907674844793469912105761141812601
00000031233299359439054415469650395468659076748447934699121057600
000000314934253639412844814846508258107028788288049532101061085100
1885 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base153815831781200923352671295930333396352541724361479949235922719878088849939399621076811622
1553164918572118244727672984315434393741423545074840525663477401815590309583102311105312203
00000029843154343937414235450748405256634774018155903095831023100
00000030083275348239564298465348825589677376058502921297721049900
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Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 8091
Owner: H.I.M. Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4172
Owner: Jeff Medley
 
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