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    1854-D Three Dollar Gold, AU53
    Only Dahlonega Mint Three


    1854-D $3 AU53 PCGS. Variety 1-A. The 1854-D is the only three dollar gold piece struck at the Dahlonega Mint, making it a must-have issue for branch mint type collectors. Only 1,120 examples were struck, making the issue elusive in all grades today. Q. David Bowers estimates the surviving population at 115-160 examples in all circulated grades, with only 2-4 specimens in Mint State. Doug Winter postulates a similar total of 125-175 examples in all grades, also with 2-4 pieces in Mint State. PCGS and NGC have combined to certify 233 coins between them, but the population data is clearly inflated by resubmissions and crossovers (11/19).

    The elusive nature of the 1854-D was recognized at an early date. In his 1893 treatise on branch mint issues, Augustus Heaton's remarks about the few mintmarked issues of the three dollar denomination included this:

    "In 1854 only (the year of its first issue in Philadelphia) the piece was coined at the New Orleans and Dahlonega Mints - the latter Mark being very rare and the O common."



    The present coin is an impressive AU53 example, with well-detailed design elements that show just a touch of wear on the high points. Dramatic clash marks are evident on the reverse but the pleasing orange-gold surfaces are lightly abraded for the grade. Significant amounts of original mint luster remain intact and the overall presentation is most attractive. Population: 12 in 53, 37 finer (11/19).
    From The Ellijay Georgia Collection. (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 25M4, PCGS# 7970)

    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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