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    Choice AU 1854-D Three Dollar
    The Lone Dahlonega Three

    1854-D $3 AU55 NGC. The 1854-D three dollar gold piece has a charm all its own, as Q. David Bowers and Doug Winter explain in The United States $3 Gold Pieces:

    "For the specialist the 1854-D $3 possesses several points of interest. First, it is the only Dahlonega Mint coin of this denomination. As coins from that mint are collected avidly, this is a 'must have' for many. Second, the production quantity of 1,120 is enticingly low -- bespeaking rarity from the outset. Few things are more exciting to a numismatist than a low mintage figure. Third, of all coins in the $3 series this is the most 'rustic,' the poorest struck and the issue with the lowest average eye appeal. The last is not an asset, but certainly a point of interest. Rusticity has its place in numismatics -- witness the Charlotte and Dahlonega gold dollars of the late 1850s or, for that matter, the crude copper coins struck by Machin's Mills in the late 1780s that command so much attention today."


    In the context of the 1854-D three dollar, a coin that is "not bad" is in fact good or great, and this Choice AU survivor is not bad at all. The margin areas show typical weakness on the rims and dentils, but the interiors are decently detailed with only minor evidence of wear. Orange-accented yellow-gold surfaces retain faint but appreciable luster, and aside from a few small rim nicks, both sides are remarkably abrasion-free. An excellent selection for the Southern gold enthusiast who wants a high-end Dahlonega three dollar gold piece but would rather not wade into the bidding war required to win a Mint State survivor at auction.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 25M4, PCGS# 7970)

    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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