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    MS65 ★ Prooflike 1879 Three Dollar
    A Breathtaking Example

    1879 $3 MS65 ★ Prooflike NGC. Despite the low circulation-strike mintage of 3,000 three dollar gold pieces, Mint State coins of 1879 are especially numerous. This is evident from examination of NGC/PCGS data, revealing that the two services have certified over 500 Uncirculated specimens, primarily through the near-Gem level of preservation.
    The MS65 coin offered in this lot is among the finest 1879 three dollar pieces. It is one of only 20 or so examples of this date given a Prooflike designation. It is the only Prooflike 1879 three dollar assigned the coveted Star. Its gold-on-black contrast jumps out at the observer, as do the exquisitely struck design features. Close inspection reveals just a few minor marks that likely preclude an even higher numerical grade. There are three non-Prooflike examples numerically finer at NGC (4/09), but it is doubtful any of them exceed the present specimen on aesthetic grounds. (NGC ID# 25N2, PCGS# 78001)

    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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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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