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