Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 109
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $256.25 (9/21/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $3 PF obverse 1885 $3 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

n 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: 5/2/2019

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1885 $3 PF
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1885 $3 PF CA
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1885 $3 PF
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Base--------114-152711----23
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Total--------114-152711----23
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1885 $3 PF CA
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Base----------1---291234---31
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Total----------1---2101244---33
 ----------3%---6%30%36%12%12%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $3 PF CA
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550975783724677151022612833164271
111117082419302630713110315432613782468953256270740285521109514031164271
000000241930263071311031543261378246895325627074028552110951403100
000000271430433082312731653346413348935554675875589389119641522900
1885 $3 PF UC
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Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157406488807785841129414094179381
111118222791346535153559360737244298529459897017824694871222715375179381
000000279134653515355936073724429852945989701782469487122271537500
0000003119348435283577361938184684551762387547841510390131601665600
1885 $3 PF
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Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414147195367675371989588120781551920318
1111164322032770281228492890298934794333493558296901799410418132251711821334
000000220327702812284928902989347943334935582969017994104181322500
000000247827862823286429003069381045265151629170498791112481437200
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