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    Cameo Gem Proof 1880 Three

    1880 $3 PR65 Cameo NGC. CAC. The mintages of the 1880 three dollar are compellingly low. A mere 1,000 business strikes were coined, and proofs are even rarer, with a tiny emission of 36 pieces. In 2005, Q. David Bowers and Douglas Winter estimated that 24 to 30 proofs escaped the smelters. Walter Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedia, was typically less conservative, and stated, "possibly 20 survive." It is impossible to estimate survivors from published third party population data, due to numerous resubmissions over the past 22 years.
    For the 1880, proofs are readily distinguished by a pair of raised die lines that intersect beneath Liberty's eye. The fields are generally glass-like, but the lower reverse is moderately matte-like, as produced. Honey-gold overall, with a tiny tan freckle above the second S in STATES and a minute area of carbon on a reverse denticle at 10:30. Census: 3 in 65 Cameo, 2 finer (1/08).
    From The Southwest Collection.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AN, PCGS# 88044)

    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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    February, 2008
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