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    1880 Three Dollar, Gorgeous PR67 Cameo
    The Finest CAC-Endorsed Example

    1880 $3 PR67 Cameo NGC. CAC. Only 36 three dollar gold pieces were struck in proof format in 1880, the majority of which appear to have survived to the present day. The PCGS website estimates that 25 to 30 examples are known, but NGC and PCGS combined actually report a total of 40 submissions (2/15). Either many certified coins represent resubmitted pieces, or as Garrett and Guth suggest in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins a number of coins are restrikes. Paradoxically, Bowers writes in his United States $3 Gold Pieces: "over a long period of years collectors spent many Proofs, as the market for them was not strong until into the 20th century." This begs the question why the vast majority of certified examples are in the numerical grades of PR63 and finer.

    In any event, the present PR67 Cameo offering is one of the three numerically finest 1880 three dollar pieces in proof format seen by either grading service. The other two Superb Gem examples are NGC Ultra Cameos. Significantly, however, the current coin is the single finest 1880 proof three dollar endorsed by CAC.

    The frosty motifs stand out against the deeply mirrored fields on both sides of this gorgeous example, yielding pleasing contrast at virtually all angles. The design elements are sharply defined and the surfaces are impeccably preserved. These attributes combine to give this coin great overall eye appeal, a fact appropriately recognized by CAC.
    From The New Orleans Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (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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    April, 2015
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