Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1854-O Three Dollar Gold, MS62
    Only O-Mint Three
    Condition Census Example

    1854-O $3 MS62 NGC. Variety 2. Three dollar gold pieces were struck for the first time in 1854 and the New Orleans Mint produced a total of 24,000 examples of this odd denomination that year. It was a small mintage in absolute terms, but fairly substantial in the context of the series. The coins were released into circulation at the time of issue and circulated widely, both in domestic circles and international trade. Although the denomination was never really useful or popular economically, it enjoyed considerable success with coin collectors during the later part of the 19th century.

    Unfortunately, there was little interest in branch mint issues before Augustus Heaton published his landmark treatise on mintmarks in 1893, and most 19th century collectors just updated their collections by purchasing proof specimens from the Philadelphia Mint every year. It is doubtful that even a single specimen of the 1854-O three dollar gold piece was set aside by contemporary collectors. As a result, the 1854-O is seen most often in the VF-XF grade range today. The 1854-O can be easily located at that level, but AU coins are elusive and Mint State examples are very rare.

    This attractive MS62 specimen is a Condition Census example with lightly marked yellow-gold surfaces. A linear planchet flaw is evident between the first T in STATES and the headdress. Only one pair of dies was used to strike this issue, but Doug Winter differentiates between the early and late states of the dies in his popular series reference. This coin represents his Variety 2, with the dies lapped after clashing. As a result, some definition is missing in areas like the ribbon bow on the reverse. The lustrous surfaces show much prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas and the overall presentation is quite pleasing. As the only three dollar gold piece from the New Orleans Mint, the 1854-O is extremely popular with series specialists and branch mint type collector alike. Census: 4 in 62, 1 finer (6/17).
    From The Tribeca Collection. (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 25M5, PCGS# 7971)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    View all of [The Tribeca Collection ]

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

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

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    2nd-6th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 420

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    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
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 12 days left to consign to the 2018 August 14 - 20 ANA WFOM US Coins Signature Auction - Philadelphia!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre-sale publicity was more than I imagined, and the actual catalog better than I had expected - and my expectations were high!
    [ Entire Letter » ]
    Jim Beasley, Tilden Coin Company,
    Allamonte Springs, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 14 - 17 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2018 June 14 - 17 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $18,104,044
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,458,987
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $937,134