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1855 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7972, 8018

Circulation strikes: 
50,555
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 77.4 grains (5.02 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the wreath on the reverse

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66 (illustrated above).  The Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.  This is the finest example graded by PCGS and the only coin at the MS-66 level!

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7192, illustrated, sold for $25,875.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7573, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3632, sold for $5,290.00

MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2163, sold for $2,300.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 267, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, February 18, 1972

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7191, not illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1708, not plated, sold for $2,300.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2294, sold for $1,150.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2295, sold for $483.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 818, sold for $719.00

PCGS  EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 819, sold for $747.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1523, sold for $488.75

EF/VF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1081, not plated, sold for $460.00

Choice VF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1523, sold for $488.75

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 202, not illustrated, sold for $547.40

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's. 

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-64's. 

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