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: $238.69 (2/21/2020)
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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Last Updated: 2/14/2020

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1888 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 4400 5150 6375 7500 9050 12100 14500 31000 49000 72500 - - -
1888 $3 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 8750 10900 14000 16300 33500 53000 95000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 20650 - 70000 - -
1888 $3 PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1888 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------11-114922----21
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Total---------11-114922----21
 ---------5%5%-5%5%19%43%10%10%---- 
1888 $3 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1511211984---69
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Total------------1511212094---71
 ------------1%7%15%30%28%13%6%--- 
1888 $3 PF UC
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 $3 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550715563698975861022612561160401
111117082419302630713110315432613782468052356038718884661100413720160400
000000241930263071311031543261378246805235603871888466110041372000
000000271430433082312731653346413348755399651373879346117821488000
1888 $3 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507157116248779884451129413802175241
111118222791346535153559360737244298528458906764801393941213015042175240
000000279134653515355936073724429852845890676480139394121301504200
0000003119348435283577361938184684549760697281822910344129661628300
1888 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414146945158650970779588118181514819784
111116432203277028122849289029893479432548485608669879141033112928166930
000000220327702812284928902989347943254848560866987914103311292800
000000247827862823286429003069381045095003605868878751110741403800
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