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    Important 1865 Three Dollar Gold MS66 1865 $3 MS66 ★ NGC. The elusive 1865 Three Dollar Gold has the lowest mintage figure of any issue in this challenging series struck prior to 1881, with only 1,140 business strikes produced. For that reason alone it has always been a popular coin with collectors, but unlike some later date, low mintage issues, the 1865 is genuinely rare in all grades. There are perhaps fewer than 65 pieces extant today, and most survivors are AU at best, with the population of Mint State pieces believed to be in the neighborhood of 20-25 coins.
    This extraordinary representative is certainly among the finest pieces in existence, being recognized as a business strike by the low, level date that is diagnostic of commercial strikings. Nearly pristine, glassy fields are noticeably striated on the obverse and, although no less reflective on the reverse, are lacking these rim-to-rim striations. The chalky features stand out in sharp contrast to the fields and appear to be fully executed in all areas save for a slight bluntness on the bow knot at the base of the wreath. One of the nicest and most appealing Three Dollar Gold pieces of any date that we have seen in recent memory, and the fact that it is dated 1865 places it among the most important gold coins offered this year. Population: 2 in 66, 1 finer (7/03).(#7986) (NGC ID# 7K5S, PCGS# 7986)

    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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    November, 2003
    7th-8th Friday-Saturday
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