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    Gem 1887 Three Dollar
    Scarcer Than the Mintage Suggests

    1887 $3 MS65 PCGS. The mintage was given as 6,000 pieces for the 1887 three dollar, which would make it the highest mintage of the 1880s for the series. However, evidence suggests that many pieces may have been melted before they ever left the Mint, and the issue is notably rarer than the 1888 or 1889 coins, which had emissions of 5,000 and 2,300 coins, respectively. Outstanding mint luster is this coin's strong suit, with light, even reddish-gold color. Only under a loupe do a couple of small marks appear in the right obverse field. The strike is a bit soft on Liberty's lowest curls and the bowknot, but the clean surfaces and overall excellent preservation more than compensate. Slight doubling shows on RICA in AMERICA, not unusual for the business strikes. Population: 24 in 65, 9 finer (3/10).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25NA, PCGS# 8009)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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