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Obverse of 1855-S Three Dollars     Reverse of 1855-S Three Dollars


PCGS Nos: 7973, 8054


Circulation strikes: 6,600
Proofs: estimated 2

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight:  77.4 grains (5.02 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the wreath on the reverse

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Ex - Buddy Ebsen collection - the Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.  This is the finest of the only two Mint State examples graded by PCGS!

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2164 @ $7,762.50 "to the book"

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7193, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3635, sold for $14,375.00

ANACS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8907, plated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 820 @$2,875.00

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Branch Mint Proof graded by PCGS is a single PRBM-63.

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