Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 291
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $179.39 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 $3 PF obverse 1888 $3 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Some 291 proof $3 gold pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1888. This was a high mintage for a proof issue, and it is thought that the impending end to the $3 gold series likely helped increase that mintage. While this date is relatively more available than others, it is still quite rare. NGC has thus far seen less than 100 examples, some of which are likely duplicates. (10/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/5/2015

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1888 $3 PF
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1888 $3 PF Cameo
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1888 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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7/25/1998 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1070, 1070/Lot# 1293 $19,950.00
5/31/2004 NGC PF 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2481 $20,700.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13305 $19,093.75
4/24/2013 NGC PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4499 $11,750.00
7/10/2014 NGC PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231429/Lot# 61069 $352.50
11/6/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3963 $15,862.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10233 $32,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $3 PF
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000000220327702812284928902989347943254848560866987914103311292800
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1888 $3 PF Cameo
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550715563698975861022612561160401
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000000271430433082312731653346413348755399651373879346117821488000
1888 $3 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157116248779884451129413802175241
111118222791346535153559360737244298528458906764801393941213015042175240
000000279134653515355936073724429852845890676480139394121301504200
0000003119348435283577361938184684549760697281822910344129661628300
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