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1869 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7990, 8032, 88032

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,500
Proofs: 25

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).  Ex - Stack's sale of the Bareford collection, December 1978, Lot 136 - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection, Lot 684, "PCGS MS-65" @ $29,900.00 - Great Lakes collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 283, illustrated, sold for $7,187.50  Purchased from El Paso Coin Company, August 4, 1972

PCGS AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7576, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 850 @$977.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is the single MS-65 illustrated above. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-65's.

The finest Proof Cameo 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