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    1889 Three Dollar Gold, PR66 Cameo
    Popular Final Year Of Issue

    1889 $3 PR66 Cameo NGC. JD-1, R.4. Ex: Simpson. The three dollar gold denomination was discontinued after 1889, making the issue a favorite choice of final-date type collectors. A small mintage of 129 proof three dollar gold pieces was accomplished that year, to accompany a meager business-strike production of 2,300 pieces. The proofs were delivered in four irregularly spaced batches of 55, 7, 51, and 16 example from June through December of 1889. All the proofs were struck from a single pair of dies that show the date positioned slightly farther right than on the business strikes, making it possible to distinguish between the formats. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 75-90 examples in all grades.

    The present coin is a delightful Premium Gem that is near the top pf the Condition Census for the issue. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, with a rich coat of mint frost on the devices that creates intense cameo contrast with the deeply mirrored fields. The impeccably preserved surfaces add to the outstanding visual appeal. This coin is one of seven examples certified by NGC in PR66 Cameo, with one of those coins having a Star designation, and none finer, while PCGS has graded only three specimens in PR66 Cameo, also with none finer (4/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AY, PCGS# 88053)

    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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