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    Lustrous 1857 Near-Gem Three Dollar

    1857 $3 MS64 NGC. The 1857 three dollar gold issue (20,891 pieces) appears to have circulated extensively in the channels of commerce, with the result that the typically seen example today is in Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated condition. Mint State coins are scarce, with David Bowers in his $3 Gold Pieces reference estimating that only 45 to 60 coins are known in Uncirculated condition. Near-Gem and finer examples are quite rare.
    Billowing luster emanates from both sides of this MS64 specimen, with variegated brass-gold and apricot covering each. A sharp strike imparts strong definition to the design features, save for the usual minor softness on the bow knot. Light clash marks are visible, as are a few minute ticks that preclude Gem status. Census: 8 in 64, 2 finer (3/09).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 7K5G, PCGS# 7976)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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