Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $216.42 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 $3 MS obverse 1888 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A mere 5,000 business strike $3 gold pieces were struck in 1888, which is actually high when compared to other $3 gold issues of the 1880's. However, many of those have likely been lost to melting and attrition over the years. Those that have survived tend to be in the lower mint state range.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1888 $3 MS
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Base $ 465 560 700 1310 1560 1900 2050 2175 2300 2950 3400 3575 3800 5500 12000 19250 82500 - - -
$ - - - - 2650 - - - 4800 7250 14950 41000 - -
1888 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 3650 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 511
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing F series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1888 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---121889269710607867933213----505
------------1---------1
------------1--41-----6
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Total---121889269710627867973313----512
 ---0 %0 %0 %2 %2 %2 %5 %19 %2 %12 %15 %13 %19 %6 %3 %---- 
1888 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-31--------6
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Total----------2-31--------6
 ----------33 %-50 %17 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/23/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1848, 1848/Lot# 1852 $10,560.00
12/8/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2323 $1,638.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2018 $3,565.00
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4899 $3,818.75
3/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4080 $19,387.50
8/15/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20157 $4,758.75
9/7/2014 NCS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 155604 $825.00
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10617 $2,400.00
2/22/2018 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1272/Lot# 5727 $1,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1888 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811526165818011890201620942268269934273712487657478686109281479020385
8919541020109012191429157017051830193220422152241129413522410051666726943312215166550
00000015701705183019322042215224112941352241005166672694331221500
000000161417531860197420682210255531843617448854567706101801350200
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2699
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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