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Obverse of 1854-O Three Dollars     Reverse of 1854-O Three Dollars


1854-O THREE DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7971

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 24,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight:  77.4 grains (5.02 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (New Orleans) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 11 AU-58's.

Significant examples:
NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  The Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 265, illustrated, sold for $13,800.00  From Superior's 1975 ANA Sale, August 1975, Lot 1468; earlier from our sale of the Austin Collection, June 1974, Lot 1006.  This coin did not later appear for sale in Auction '81 as noted by a well known specialist

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 490, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2293, sold for $4,140.00

"Strong About Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:947, $6,325.00

NGC AU-53 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 815, sold for $3,680.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 266, illustrated, sold for $3,795.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's offering of the John Beck Collection, February 1976, Lot 199

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1080, plated, sold for $2,070.00

Net AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 816, sold for $920.00

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1327, illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3989, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 817, sold for $2,185.00

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Scratched.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8906, not plated, sold for $713.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1854-O Three Dollars     Reverse of 1854-O Three Dollars

NGC AU-53
Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.