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    Superb Quality 1879 Three-Dollar--Tied For Finest Certified

    1879 MS 66 PCGS. While only a moderately scarce as a date in the three-dollar series, the 1879 is far rarer than the 1878, the issue it is chronologically closest to and overshadowed by. A drastic drop in business strike production of three-dollar gold pieces occurred from 1878 to 1879, with the mintage falling from over 82,000 pieces to just 3,000. A decent percentage of these later-dated issues appear to have been saved in near-mint to uncirculated condition. This is quite an extraordinary coin that shows a curious intermingling of mint frost and semi-prooflikeness in the fields--a finish that is often seen on three-dollar gold pieces. The striking details on this piece are unrivaled in their sharpness and second only to the definition seen on proofs. There are just a few minute field marks, none of which are important enough to warrant individual mention. Population: 2 in 66, none are finer (11/95). (NGC ID# 25N2, PCGS# 8001)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    January, 1996
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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