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: $295.63 (8/7/2020)
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: 6/26/2020

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1886 $3 MS
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Base $ 850 1030 1330 2000 2500 3000 3200 3450 4375 4950 6150 7600 12100 24800 58000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 8200 - - - - - -
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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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.

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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: 8/4/2020 1886 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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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Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1886 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11731249133114161505188620292161243626002823296031493486404851586820754310510138531860425450
1198127613591445163219332073225224902674286830233261367344185712706185321162415436208860
000000207322522490267428683023326136734418571270618532116241543600
000000211723442545274829143086337338604788626673029521127381702000
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Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 2957
Owner: ASK123
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2823
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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