Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $265.56 (7/29/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 $3 MS obverse 1886 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,142 $3 gold pieces total in 1886. This number included 1,000 business strikes and 142 proofs. Considering the low mintage, demand greatly outstrips supple making this a hard coin to find today in any method of manufacture or grade.

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Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1886 $3 MS
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Base $ 850 1030 1330 1650 2275 2850 3200 3450 4975 5500 7300 9500 11500 27000 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 10000 - - - - - -
1886 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - 4500 - - 8500 10000 18250 - - - - - - -
1886 $3 MS DPL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 15350 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 171
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 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: 7/27/2021 1886 $3 MS
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Base----2354820466211461------136
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Total----2354820466211561------137
 ----1%2%4%3%6%15%34%4%15%11%4%1%------ 
1886 $3 MS PL
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Base---------17-1591-1-----34
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Total---------17-1591-1-----34
 ---------3%21%-44%26%3%-3%----- 
1886 $3 MS DPL
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $3 MS PL
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Base1598164418282097234527562999307332473363398441574546478356847930102551086211494121531308614071
1613170519182180248228373024313132863570404242874625508364338705104571107311714124641341414775
00000030243131328635704042428746255083643387051045711073117141246400
00000030483189332437774099441647045384718194801066011283119331277500
1886 $3 MS DPL
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Base1716176519592242250329333187326534473569421743964802504959868315107211134812001126821364414659
1732183020532329264630183213332634883785427745314884536167629117109301156612228130031398215392
00000032133326348837854277453148845361676291171093011566122281300300
00000032393386352840014336466749675674753999191113911783124551332300
1886 $3 MS
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Base151315581735199322332628286429363103321638173984436145915466765199181050911127117701268213644
1528161718212073236527072888299231413416387341104438488361948407101151071511341120741300314326
00000028882992314134163873411044384883619484071011510715113411207400
00000029123047317836173928423545145174692391621031210921115561237800
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Grade: MS 62 DPL
Points: 5049
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 3984
Owner: ASK123
 
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