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1868 Three Dollar Gold, MS67 Prooflike
1868 $3 MS67 Prooflike NGC. A spectacular and flawless
Superb Gem from the Jewell Collection, and the plate coin in The
United States $3 Gold Pieces, 1854-1889, by Q. David Bowers
with Douglas Winter. Presumably one of the first pieces struck from
fresh dies, the gorgeously preserved fields are flashy and
decidedly reflective. The exquisitely struck devices are equally
close to pristine. The obverse is immaculate, and lengthy
inspection of the reverse is required before a few minute slide
marks are perceptible from selected angles. Traces of mint frost
are evident in the fields, especially on the reverse, attesting to
the status of this specimen as a circulation strike.
Only 4,850 Examples Coined
A better date in the series, since only 4,850 business strikes were issued, along with 25 proofs, the latter all with the reverse rotated 180 degrees from normal, showing "medal turn" rather than the usual "coin turn." Several dozen pieces appear to have survived in Mint State; these were probably set aside by East Coast collectors of the day. However, it would take an essentially perfect example to challenge the finest known status of the present coin. Expect an exceptional price to be required to win this museum quality Princess. Even the few surviving proof specimens are unlikely to challenge the eye appeal of this Superb Gem. Census: 1 in 67 Prooflike, 0 finer (7/13).
From our New York Signature Sale (7/2004), lot 8180; Richard Jewell Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 3/2005), lot 631.
From The Anchors Aweigh Collection of Prooflike Gold.
25MP, PCGS# 77989)
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