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: $283.37 (9/19/2020)
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: 2/28/2020

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1887 $3 MS
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1887 $3 MS PL
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 223
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: 9/15/2020 1887 $3 MS
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Base----1112101646428292135144----212
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Total----11121016464292923371441---218
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1887 $3 MS PL
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Total----------1-3232------11
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 $3 MS PL
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Base92699110601131120614601718194120252080215822102381282836223912547663248669114301540821157
94710141083115612901546179219692043210621752267253030923718443357587105958912756173240
00000017921969204321062175226725303092371844335758710595891275600
000000186619972061213221922324267933573815495460417887105091408200
1887 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811629184319251977205321022268269934673747526460898341110641495120579
8919541020109012191463170018701942200220692157241129553560425255396839924812359168270
00000017001870194220022069215724112955356042525539683992481235900
000000177118971959202720852212255532113653475858147590101561365500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2268
Owner: Joe G.
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1977
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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