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    Impressive 1854 Three Dollar Gold, MS67
    Only One Certified Finer at Either Service

    1854 $3 MS67 NGC. February 21, 1853, was an important date in the history of American numismatics. Congress enacted legislation to reduce the weight of minor silver coinage, also authorizing the issuance of three dollar gold pieces. Section 7 of the Mint Act of that date read: "And be it further enacted, that from time to time there shall be struck and coined at the Mint of the United States, and the branches thereof, conformably in all respects to law, and conformably in all respects to the standard of gold coins now established by law, a coin of gold of the value of three dollars, or units, and all the provisions of an act entitled 'An act to authorize the coinage of gold dollars and double eagles,' approved March third, eighteen hundred and forty nine, shall be applied to the coin herein authorized, so far as the same may be applicable; but the devices and shape of the three dollar piece shall be fixed by Secretary of the Treasury."
    The obverse features an Indian princess facing left, wearing a feathered headdress with a beaded band inscribed LIBERTY. Around is the statutory legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The reverse has an agricultural or cereal wreath enclosing the date and denomination. The letters in the denomination DOLLARS are smaller and shorter than the date digits, the only year where that occurred (and technically making this a one-year design subtype). James B. Longacre duplicated the design for this coinage issue, with the appropriate denomination change, for the new type of gold dollar.
    This impressive example offers fully brilliant yellow-gold luster and frosty obverse and reverse surfaces. A few tiny obverse ticks by the nose are the only notable marks on this essentially flawless coin. All design elements are sharply impressed, with excellent detail. An important opportunity awaits the patient and aggressive bidder. The single finest example of the issue graded at NGC (12/07); PCGS has certified two MS67s, with one finer.
    From The Madison Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 25M3, PCGS# 7969)

    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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