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: $181.01 (6/27/2017)
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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1887 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 515 600 910 1375 2000 2150 2600 3250 3700 4100 4600 5800 9950 16250 31500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 218
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Grade
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1/28/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1019, 1019/Lot# 1923 $896.75
3/17/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 4725 $3,335.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2016 $1,322.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4558 $5,875.00
8/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4335 $3,290.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6032 $4,993.75
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(6), 1231/Lot# 6430 $3,822.28
9/9/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13632 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

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