Previous Date | Next Date | Three Dollars by Date

Obverse of 1856 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1856 Three Dollars


1856 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7974, 8019

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 26,010
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, Pennsylvania) below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-64's. 

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 754, illustrated, sold for $66,700.00

PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Faraday collection - the Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.  This coin is tied with four others as the finest example graded by PCGS!

Recent appearances:
Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1082, plated, sold for $5,405.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 268, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00  From Abner Kreisberg's sale of September 1973, Lot 1142

MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5675, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 95, unsold

NGC MS-60.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7574, not illustrated, sold for $1,581.25

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 821, sold for $862.00

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 822, sold for $920.00  From Superior Galleries sale, June 2-3, 1986, lot 1859

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1525, sold for $833.75

Extremely Fine. Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1083, not plated, sold for $603.75

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1084, not plated, sold for $546.25

Net VF-35, sharpness of EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 96, sold for $540.50

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