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    1880 Three Dollar Gold, MS65+
    Beautifully Preserved Condition Rarity

    1880 $3 MS65+ NGC. The 1880 three dollar gold piece had a meager mintage of only 1,000 coins. While in most cases such a low production figure would translate into extreme rarity in all grades, in the case of the 1880 (and many other low-mintage issues in the three dollar series), it prompted the saving of numerous examples by dealers and speculators. As a result, the 1880 is somewhat more collectible than it theoretically should be, but still cannot be considered plentiful. Most of the surviving Mint State examples are somewhat limited in technical quality, being lightly abraded or showing traces of rub from poor handling. Gem examples are decidedly rare, and finer coins are exceedingly so.

    This Plus-graded representative is boldly struck, with warm honey-gold surfaces and semiprooflike mirroring in the fields. A few minute ticks preclude a full Premium Gem grade, though the unaided eye finds nothing of distraction. A beautiful coin that delivers a unique combination of flash and shimmer when tilted beneath a light. Census: 16 in 65 (1 in 65+, 1 in 65 ), 5 finer (10/14).(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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