Charming 1878 Premium Gem Three Dollar1878 $3 MS66 NGC. Premium Gem condition is the finest most collectors can expect to locate when searching for an 1878 three dollar gold piece, and even this level of preservation will present a challenge. NGC and PCGS have graded only about 115 MS66 specimens, a number of which are likely resubmissions or crossovers. Higher-grade examples are extremely elusive.
Dazzling luster radiates from both sides of this lovely MS66 coin, each of which displays a delicate medley of yellow-gold, mint-green, peach, and light tan, accented with a streak of bluish-purple on the lower reverse. The design motifs are well impressed, save for just a touch of the usual softness on the lower wreath. A few minor ticks take nothing from the coin's charming eye appeal. Census: 53 in 66, 17 finer (11/09).
From The Atherton Family Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25MZ, PCGS# 8000)
Weight: 5.02 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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