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    Sparkling, Razor Sharp 1879 MS 66 Three-Dollar

    1879 MS 66 NGC. While only a moderately scarce as a date, 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 coins. 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 dazzling interplay of mint frost and semi-prooflikeness in the fields--a finish that is often seen on the lower mintage three-dollar gold pieces. The striking details on this piece are unrivaled in their sharpness and second only to the definition seen on proofs. The only disturbances on this near-impeccable specimen are a few pinpoint luster breaks in the left obverse field, barely noticeable despite modest reflectivity. Population: 2 in 66, none finer (1/98). (NGC ID# 25N2, PCGS# 8001)

    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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    March, 1998
    19th-20th Thursday-Friday
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