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1860-S THREE DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7981

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,408
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 AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Great Lakes collection.
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62, a full five points ahead of three AU-58's. 

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7195, illustrated, sold for $8,337.50

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1330, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 835 @$4,600.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 277, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  Purchased from Abe Kosoff, August 1973

Sharpness of VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3990, not illustrated, sold for $287.00

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

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