Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 129
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $287.08 (8/3/2020)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 $3 PF obverse 1889 $3 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Some 129 proof gold $3 pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1889. However, based on the numbers seen in the marketplace today, it is likely that some of those have been lost to time. Those graded by NGC have ranged from a low of PF58 to a high of PF66 Cameo.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1889 $3 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 4800 5475 6875 7500 10500 12100 14500 35000 51000 72500 - - -
1889 $3 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 8750 10900 14500 16300 37500 54500 78500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 21000 - - - -
1889 $3 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 17250 21500 43500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 23000 - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/28/2020 1889 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------211-17------12
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Total----------211-17------12
 ----------17%8%8%-8%58%------ 
1889 $3 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------291186----36
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------291187----37
 -------------5%24%30%22%19%---- 
1889 $3 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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----------------2-----2
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Total---------------12-----3
 ---------------33%67%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 $3 PF CA
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Base1111112124300930603094314431763431448550445563698975861022612558160371
111117082419302630713110315432613782467152176038718884661100313717160370
000000241930263071311031543261378246715217603871888466110031371700
000000271430433082312731653346413348575390651373879346117801487700
1889 $3 PF UC
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Base1111112464344735033541359536313912507156826248779884451129413799175211
111118222791346535153559360737244298527458706764801393941212915039175210
000000279134653515355936073724429852745870676480139394121291503900
0000003119348435283577361938184684547860597281822910344129641628000
1889 $3 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111928275428022834288029103149414146695158650970779588118151514519782
111116432203277028122849289029893479431748325608669879141033012925166900
000000220327702812284928902989347943174832560866987914103301292500
000000247827862823286429003069381044934995605868878751110721403500
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Grade: PF 58
Points: 2880
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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