Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


    1885 Three Dollar Struck in Aluminum
    Judd-1753, R.8, PR64
    Finest Certified, One of Two Known

    1885 $3 Three Dollar, Judd-1753, Pollock-1966, R.8, PR64 NGC.
    The design is the regular-issue Indian Princess three dollar gold piece designed by James B. Longacre, but struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    As we have noted elsewhere in this catalog, aluminum was for much of the 19th century considered a metal more precious than gold, due to its highly reactive nature. When found in nature, it is generally found in one of its many dozens of alloyed forms. Only in the late 1880s and early 1890s did coins made of pure aluminum become more plentiful and widespread, as new means to separate the metal from its alloys were discovered and improved upon. The comparative rarity of aluminum at the time no doubt explains this pattern's R.8 rarity ranking. notes that "although listed as a regular die trial piece, these were more likely deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete aluminum sets." "Silver" dollars, quarter eagles, and the present three dollar "gold" pattern dated are 1885 are all known in aluminum, but this is by far the rarest of the three issues. The patterns website estimates that only two are known, including the present example.

    Physical Description.
    The steel-gray and powder-gray surfaces are free of any discernible color otherwise, and there are only a few tiny contact marks noted in the fields. A small dark spot on Liberty's brow provides a pedigree marker. There are only two pieces certified, this PR64 NGC specimen and a PR63 PCGS example (10/08).

    Ex: Stack's private treaty.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.
    (NGC ID# 2ALX, PCGS# 62196)

    View all of [The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two ]

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 753

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2017 June 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I just have to say that you have great people -- who take care of things instantaneously! Very impressive.
    Woodland Hills, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,829,887
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED SO FAR $6,345,877
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,283,993