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    Splendid Quality 1878 Three Dollar, MS66

    1878 $3 MS66 PCGS. Lodged between two low mintage dates of 1,468 pieces and 3,000 pieces respectively, the three dollar gold denomination was inexplicably returned to near-record production (only the initial year 1854 is higher) in 1878, a comparatively large total of 82,304 business strikes. As a result, it is the one of the more obtainable dates in the series in any condition, including desirable, seldom-offered Gem and better grades. Its importance as a type coin, however, far overshadows any date pressure, as the total number of carefully preserved examples is extremely limited.
    This dazzling Premium Gem example is notable for its radiant cartwheel luster and excellent strength of strike. A few isolated splashes of coppery-gold and steel-blue patina are seen over surfaces that have escaped all but the most trivial signs of contact. It would take a diligent search to locate a three dollar gold type coin with finer technical and aesthetic merit. Population: 59 in 66, 7 finer (8/06).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25MZ, PCGS# 8000)

    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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    September, 2006
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