Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $187.40 (11/17/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1887 $3 MS obverse 1887 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the listed mintage for the 1887 $3 gold piece is 6,000 coins, it seems many were melted without being released. This has made the issue much harder to locate today. However, those that exist are usually in mint state, and average around MS63-MS64.

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Last Updated: 7/12/2017

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1887 $3 MS
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Base $ 500 600 800 1175 1600 2025 2150 2750 3375 3650 3950 4500 6000 7350 16000 29500 - - - -
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1887 $3 MS Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 219
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/26/2007 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2427, 2427/Lot# 2311 $2,352.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2016 $1,322.50
5/6/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131220/Lot# 26482 $4,456.25
6/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5684 $2,381.73
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5139 $5,581.25
10/29/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5100 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92699110601131120614601718194120252080215822102381282836223912547663248669114301540821157
94710141083115612901546179219692043210621752267253030923718443357587105958912756173240
00000017921969204321062175226725303092371844335758710595891275600
000000186619972061213221922324267933573815495460417887105091408200
1887 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811629184319251977205321022268269934673747526460898341110641495120579
8919541020109012191463170018701942200220692157241129553560425255396839924812359168270
00000017001870194220022069215724112955356042525539683992481235900
000000177118971959202720852212255532113653475858147590101561365500
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1977
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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