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    1856 Three Dollar Gold, PR62
    Important Pre-1858 Proof Rarity

    1856 $3 PR62 NGC. The Bowers reference estimates eight to 10 proofs were struck, of which just four to six pieces survive. PCGS suggests five to eight pieces are known. The status of this piece as a proof is unarguable, since it is struck from a die pair only employed for the 1856 proof strikes. The reverse die was altered from an 1854 die with DOLLARS in Small Letters, which were partially effaced and overpunched with the then-current DOLLARS in Large Letters. Traces of the undertype are easily visible with a glass. The 1856 date is positioned noticeably lower within the wreath compared to the 1856 circulation strikes.

    Both three dollar gold and proof specialists will vie for this rare example. Reflective proof surface remains at the margins and within protected areas, although the surrounding fields show numerous delicate lines and tiny marks. The central devices are sharply struck and frosted. Our archives show only two previous offerings of an 1856 proof three dollar gold (a PR62 Cameo, two separate appearances of the same coin). Census: 1 in 62, 0 finer (6/17).
    From The Tribeca Collection. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 289U, PCGS# 8019)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    2nd-6th Wednesday-Sunday
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