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    1870 Three Dollar Gold, MS65+
    Tied for Finest Certified
    Deep Prooflike Fields

    1870 $3 MS65+ PCGS. As with almost all dates of three dollar gold pieces, the 1870 had a remarkably small mintage. In this case, only 3,500 pieces were produced. Many of the high-grade survivors (AU and better) show remnants of a pronounced prooflike field on each side. This is explained in the Bowers-Winter reference: "The leaf to the left of the date is mostly missing, from grinding the die face too deeply, a process that also imparted a polished surface." The attenuated leaf is certainly evident on this piece, and the fields are unquestionably prooflike. A few Mint-made planchet flakes and strike-throughs can be seen with magnification, but there are no noticeable post-striking impairments. Rich reddish patina covers each side. Tied for finest certified by one NGC coin in the same grade (actually, an MS65 ★ ).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 7K8F, PCGS# 7991)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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