Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,300
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $218.29 (9/16/2019)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 $3 MS obverse 1889 $3 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint only struck 2,300 $3 gold pieces in 1889, the final year of the denomination. They are more available today in mint state than one might expect, mostly due to hoarding at the time. However, most of those examples are low-end mint state coins,

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1889 $3 MS
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Base $ 465 560 740 1310 1560 1880 1930 2350 3125 3250 3450 3750 4200 6500 15250 22200 80000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4000 5250 7000 16000 29000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 324
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1889 $3 MS
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Base-----24233068747523845168----322
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Total-----24233068747543846168----325
 -----1 %1 %1 %1 %9 %21 %2 %14 %17 %12 %14 %5 %2 %---- 
1889 $3 MS Prooflike
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Base----------1---1-------2
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Total----------1---1-------2
 ----------50 %---50 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/28/2004 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1967, 1967/Lot# 1999 $3,630.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 66   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1250 $21,275.00
5/19/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20586 $661.53
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 162417 $6,100.00
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 162417 $6,100.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 4983 $6,462.50
6/26/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131627/Lot# 21935 $3,877.50
4/25/2019 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1294/Lot# 3850 $19,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
1889 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113813811512163417881884201821022268269934573783521260898849114841563721682
8919541020109012191424155216851820192820462157241129513565425955047009972712868176520
00000015521685182019282046215724112951356542595504700997271286800
000000159317361852197320742212255532043674473557967929106051425200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5212
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2018
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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