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1859 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7979, 8022

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 15,558
Proofs: 80

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-65 (illustrated above).  The Great Lakes collection of Three-Dollar gold pieces.  Tied with two other MS-65's as the finest example graded by PCGS.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1255, "Repunched 18", illustrated, sold for $13,225.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3637, sold for $10,925.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2166, sold for $4,600.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 273, "Repunched 18", illustrated, sold for $4,140.00  From Stack's 1976 ANA Sale, August 1976, Lot 2887

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 831, sold for $2,645.00

Net MS-60, sharpness of MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 274, "Repunched 1 and 9", illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From Stack's sale of the Groves Collection, November 1974, Lot 537;reoffered from Part II of the Bass Collection, October 1999, Lot 666

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 832, sold for $2,012.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1526, sold for $2,070.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1085, plated, sold for $718.75

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1329, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Net AU-50, sharpness of MS-60, cleaned.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 275, "Repunched 1 and 9", illustrated, sold for $977.50  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1968, Lot 146

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2298, sold for $661.25

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65'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