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Obverse of 1863 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1863 Three Dollars


1863 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7984, 8026

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,000
Proofs: 39

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-68 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 839, sold for $44,850.00

PCGS MS-67 (illustrated above).  Ex - Great Lakes collection.

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8925, plated, unsold 

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 793, sold for $15,525.00

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3991, illustrated, sold for $1,667.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 280, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's sale of the John Beck Collection, January 1975, Lot 259

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 840, sold for $920.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-67's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 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

Obverse of 1863 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1863 Three Dollars

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.