Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

    Description

    1854-D Three Dollar, AU58
    Bright, Top-Notch Example
    Mintage of 1,120 Coins

    1854-D $3 AU58 NGC. Variety 1-A. It appears that U.S. Mint and Treasury officials had high hopes for the three dollar gold coin denomination, which made its debut in 1854.

    Those hopes faded quickly.

    The Philadelphia Mint made an ambitious production of 138,618 coins for the premiere, a record that would go unchallenged through the three-and-a-half decades of the series' subsequent coinage.

    In all, four mints, three during the opening year, made the denomination, also including Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco late to the party, striking its first coins in 1855.

    Some numismatists have theorized that the three dollar gold was useful for purchasing 100-stamp sheets of three-cent postage stamps.

    The logic of requiring a three dollar coin for such a purpose, as opposed to, say, a quarter eagle and a half dollar, or six half dollars, has always escaped us.

    The little Dahlonega Mint in North Georgia even entered the fray in 1854, striking a meager 1,120 pieces of the opening D-mint issue. Dahlonega was a fitting participant, as it (and its sister Charlotte) were accustomed to striking the smaller U.S. gold coins, excluding eagles and double eagles.

    The present near-Mint State NGC-graded piece is in the second tier of the Condition Census, as few true Mint State examples survive. The surfaces are bright and satiny greenish-gold with orange overtones. A couple of stray marks are well within the grade context, and the overall eye appeal is top-notch for this high-end rarity. Census: 24 in 58, 9 finer (12/13).
    Ex: Central States Bullet Sale (Heritage, 3/2000), lot 421.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 25M4, PCGS# 7970)


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2014
    3rd-5th Monday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,189

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2017 June 21 - 23 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong.

    Learn about consigning with us

    In both events, I was extremely pleased with how the items were presented online and in your catalogs.
    David Heritage,
    Carolina Beach, NC
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 January 4 - 9 FUN  US Coins Signature Auction - Fort Lauderdale
    2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Fort Lauderdale
    REALIZED $42,328,231
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,414,465
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,282,041