Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $266.55 (5/10/2021)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 $3 PF obverse 1886 $3 PF 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: 5/2/2019

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1886 $3 PF
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1886 $3 PF CA
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1886 $3 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 5/4/2021 1886 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--11111-----6
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------------1---------1
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Total---------1--21111-----7
 ---------14%--29%14%14%14%14%----- 
1886 $3 PF CA
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Base------------21723104----47
-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
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Total------------21723106----49
 ------------4%2%14%47%20%12%---- 
1886 $3 PF UC
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Base-------------114231---12
-----------------1----1
---------------1------1
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Total-------------115241---14
 -------------7%7%36%14%29%7%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $3 PF CA
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550715563698975861022612561160401
111117082419302630713110315432613782468052356038718884661100413720160401
000000241930263071311031543261378246805235603871888466110041372000
000000271430433082312731653346413348755399651373879346117821488000
1886 $3 PF UC
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Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157116248779884451129413802175241
111118222791346535153559360737244298528458906764801393941213015042175241
000000279134653515355936073724429852845890676480139394121301504200
0000003119348435283577361938184684549760697281822910344129661628300
1886 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414146945158650970779588118181514819784
1111164322032770281228492890298934794325484856086698791410331129281669320773
000000220327702812284928902989347943254848560866987914103311292800
000000247827862823286429003069381045095003605868878751110741403800
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