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    1888 Three Dollar Gold Piece, MS66
    Coruscating Mint Luster and Rich Color

    1888 $3 MS66 PCGS. A small business-strike mintage of just 5,000 pieces was produced by the Philadelphia Mint in 1888. Surprisingly the issue is readily available today. Q. David Bowers estimates a surviving population of 550-750 examples in all grades, which correlates well with current population data. The high survival rate may be due to 19th century dealer J.W. Scott, who purchased a large group of coins from the Mint and distributed them to collectors in the normal course of business. Scott's hoard may have amounted to several hundred pieces, as he had them readily available for years after 1888.
    The present coin is an attractive specimen, with a sharp, but not quite full strike. The surfaces have coruscating, thick mint frost, and the pristine fields, particularly on the reverse, have a semiprooflike quality. A lovely intermixture of rose and lilac shades on the reverse is matched by the even, reddish tones on the obverse. There are no observable abrasions to limit the grade. Population: 30 in 66, 2 finer (11/09).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25NB, PCGS# 8010)

    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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