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    Rare 1857-S Three Dollar, MS60

    1857-S $3 MS60 NGC. The 1857-S three dollar gold piece, with a mintage of 14,000 pieces, is very scarce in any grade and a formidable rarity in Mint State. As with many other San Francisco coins, S-mint threes were released into circulation and used extensively on the West Coast.
    Most known specimens are in Very Fine, Extremely Fine, and lower About Uncirculated grades. Perusal of NGC and PCGS population data indicates the rarity of Uncirculated examples. The two services have graded a total of five pieces, mostly in the MS60 to MS62 range.
    The bright yellow-gold surfaces of this MS60 offering display partially prooflike fields that offer modest variance with the devices. A well executed strike leaves strong definition on the design features, including the plume ends and the wreath elements, areas that are often weak. Some wispy marks show up under magnification, but this is a sharp specimen for the designated grade. Census: 1 in 60, 2 finer (4/09).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 7K5H, PCGS# 7977)

    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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    May, 2009
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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