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Obverse of 1870 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1870 Three Dollars


PCGS Nos: 7991, 8033, 98033


Circulation strikes: 3,500
Proofs: 35

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-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Fred Sweeney on September 18, 1972 - Harry Bass - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection, October 2-4, 1999, Lot 685, "PCGS MS-64" at $16,100.00 - the Great Lakes collection.

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3647, sold for $19,550.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 284, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  From our sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, October 1982, Lot 295

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1086, plated, sold for $1,150.00

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2302, sold for $1,610.00

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8909, not plated, unsold

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 851, sold for $1,265.00

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's. 

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-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