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1854 Three Dollar Gold Piece, MS65
1854 $3 MS65 PCGS. CAC. Expectations for the three dollar
gold piece were obviously high when they were first issued, as the
mintage for this date totaled 138,600 coins, the highest mintage of
any date during the entire series through 1889. In fact, this was
the only date with a production that broke the 100,000-coin
barrier. This date is the first year of issue and it is a single
year design variant, with small letters in DOLLARS on the reverse.
Beginning in 1855, and continuing through 1889, the letters were
much larger. Numerous Mint State examples are known, including a
few Gems like this example. It is sharply struck with frosty luster
and brilliant yellow-gold surfaces. Only a few tiny abrasions are
evident in the fields on each side. Population: 29 in 65 (3 in
65+), 11 finer. CAC: 12 in 65, 2 finer (2/18). (NGC ID# 25M3, PCGS# 7969)
First Year of the Denomination
Weight: 5.02 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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