Rare NGC-graded $3 Gold Coin Offered in GreatCollections Sale

Posted on 8/25/2022

Bidding had exceeded $95,000 several days before the auction in late August.

A rare 1873 Open 3 $3 Gold Piece graded NGC PF 66 Ultra Cameo leads a selection of hundreds of rare US coins graded by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) that are being offered by online auction house GreatCollections. Bidding for these coins ends on Sunday, August 28, 2022.

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The $3 Gold series ran from 1854 to 1889, an odd denomination that was designed to facilitate the purchase of a sheet of stamps. The 1873 issues have an important variety, known as Open 3, in which the knobs of the 3 in the date on the reverse are far apart. This makes it easier to distinguish the number as a 3 (as opposed to the Close 3 variety). Only a handful of Open 3 Proofs are known to exist, and this is the finest of seven listed in the NGC Census.

Several days before the sale, bidding for this coin had already risen over $95,000.

Other NGC-certified highlights in the collection include:

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