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    Uncommonly Rare 1880 Three Dollar Gold Piece

    1880 $3 MS64 PCGS. This is an important date from a tiny mintage of just 1,000 business strikes, as well as an additional 36 proofs. Not long ago, Dave Bowers and Doug Winter teamed up to produce a reference on the gold coins of this denomination, published last year. About the 1880, they said that it "stands high in the rarity sweepstakes." Most examples that survive today are apt to be in the lower Mint State grades. Bowers and Winter estimated a survival of between 175 and 215 business strikes, with only 35 to 45 of those in grades below MS60. As the grading service population reports drop off substantially in Gem grades, the vast majority of known examples grade between MS60 and MS64.
    This example has rich orange-gold color with a combination of satiny fields and frosty devices with excellent cameo contrast. Faint hairlines and other minute surface marks are evident on both sides, keeping it from a Gem grade. As reported by Bowers and Winter, this date was once described as "Uncommonly Rare" by New Netherlands Coin Company. At one time, this type of appearance was called "semi-proof," a name given to prooflike coins with nice contrast.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25N3, PCGS# 8002)

    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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    July, 2006
    7th-8th Friday-Saturday
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