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    Elusive Gem 1889 Three Dollar
    Final Year of Issue

    1889 $3 MS65 PCGS. At least two hoards of 1889 three dollar gold pieces are known. Walter Breen (1988) writes that 50 Mint State pieces bought by Virgil M. Brand from the Mint were dispersed after his death, and David Bowers (2005) refers to Thomas Elder's November 1931 sale that included a minihoard of Uncirculated 1889 threes. These hoards helped to ensure the survival of a fair number of Mint State coins, at least through the near-Gem level of preservation. Higher-grade coins are elusive.
    The present Gem example displays light orange-gold color and pleasing luster, and both sides show the usual semiprooflikeness with some cartwheel effect mixed in. The design features are sharply struck throughout. Population: 26 in 65, 12 finer (7/11).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 7KDU, PCGS# 8011)

    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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    August, 2011
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