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1861 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7982, 8024

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,959
Proofs: 113

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:
NGC MS-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Santa Clara", April 2-3, 2004, Lot 1642, illustrated, bought back by the consignor for $63,250.00

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 836, sold for $21,850.00

NGC MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Great Lakes collection.

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Fred Sweeney, September 18, 1972 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 278, illustrated, sold for $18,400.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1528, sold for $2,990.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2299, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 203, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 837, sold for $1,035.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated 1861 $3 graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated 1861 $3 graded by NGC is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof 1861 $3 graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Proof Cameo 1861 $3 graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

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