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: $261.75 (7/26/2021)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/8/2021

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1887 $3 MS
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Base $ 500 600 800 1175 1600 2025 2050 2750 3700 3850 4825 5775 6675 8000 14000 25500 52000 - - -
$ - - - - 3750 4000 5000 5900 6750 8800 - 30000 - -
1887 $3 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 5250 - 8000 11500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 227
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1887 $3 MS
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Base----1112101646428302336144----216
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Total----11121016464293025391441---223
 ----0%0%0%1%4%7%21%2%13%13%11%17%6%2%0%--- 
1887 $3 MS PL
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Base----------1-3232------11
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Total----------1-3232------11
 ----------9%-27%18%27%18%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 $3 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11701206134515891963230825352601261730213352349637814106437348886153776210056107131150012396
11821252142617142078238425572606275231313400359138894195454553106689852710275109751179913016
000000255726062752313134003591388941954545531066898527102751097500
000000257926122886324234483686399842844716573172269291104941123800
1887 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1103113812711505186521972416248024952885320533453620393541944694592274879723103061113312007
1115118213491625197622702437248526252992325234373725402143615103644482329917105821142412607
00000024372485262529923252343737254021436151036444823299171058200
000000245924902755309832983528383041084527551369658978101121085700
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 4425
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 3620
Owner: Joe G.
 
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