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Obverse of 1856-S Three Dollars     Reverse of 1856-S Three Dollars


1856-S THREE DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7975

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 34,500
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: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the wreath on the reverse

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Medium S on reverse.  The Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 269, "Medium S", illustrated, sold for $13,800.00  Purchased from Fred Sweeney, September 18, 1972

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1328, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 491, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 492, illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

Net AU-50, quality and sharpness of AU-55, but some scattered marks, perhaps lightly cleaned long ago.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 688, illustrated, sold for $1,782.50

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 823 @$1,725.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 824 @$2,070.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 270, "Small S", illustrated, sold for $920.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 1920

EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5676, not illustrated, sold for $707.25

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 825 @$2,185.00  From Superior Galleries sale, June 2-3, 1986, lot 1860

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-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