Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,300
Catalog: KM-84
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.015g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $177.21 (5/27/2016)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 $3 MS obverse 1871 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By 1871, the three dollar gold denomination had long outlived whatever usefulness it might have had, Paul M. Green, in an article for Numismatic News published October 21, 2008, needled the oft-floated rationale for the three dollar gold piece as a way to buy sheets of stamps, suggesting that perhaps a member of Congress anticipated 'an outbreak of pen pals.' Certainly, the 1,300 business strike three dollar gold pieces in 1871 did not buy too many stamps.

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1871 $3 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 500 620 750 925 1850 2400 2750 3100 4000 5150 8450 13750 19000 45000 - - - - -
$ - - - 3400 4200 5600 9200 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 188
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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2/18/2007 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2328, 2328/Lot# 2152 $2,744.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5014 $1,610.00
1/6/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5067 $2,887.65
9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1995 $3,105.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5039 $6,756.25
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131352/Lot# 26729 $6,697.50
4/27/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 187459 $2,328.70
11/14/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3260 $9,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9691036110711811258150517181907224524402702286030573675421752017077824711971162882256931829
991105911311206134015761781201923102527275429253263385545455826746794881341018381256550
000000178120192310252727542925326338554545582674679488134101838100
0000001844213223752614280729913469403648736451785710729148492047500
1871 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333774108112841450160017941913207621782323264834743823478363249478119063041448884
33260876114813391500166418331967211022262431292335904143529673751028718075365700
000000150016641833196721102226243129233590414352967375102871807500
000000155017291873202121442274253931983706446358108426110962424400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2702
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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