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Obverse of 1874 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1874 Three Dollars


1874 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7998, 8038

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 41,800
Proofs: 20

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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Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's. 

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

Significant examples:
Ex - Great Lakes collection (illustrated above)

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8912, plated, sold for $14,950.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 288, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00  From Stack's sale of March 1977, Lot 853

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2303, sold for $5,750.00  From the sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 692

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8911, not plated, unsold

"Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:953, $6,555.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1532, sold for $2,185.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Stack's 09/2000:1533, $2,875.00

PCGS MS-62.  Goldbergs 10/2000:855, $2,070.00

PCGS MS-62.  Goldbergs 10/2000:856, $1,869.00

PCGS MS-62.  Judge Thomas Butt - Heritage 10/2000:7578, not sold

PCGS MS-62.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8910, plated, sold for $1,897.50

AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5677, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7100, not illustrated, sold for $810.75

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2304, sold for $1,150.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 102, sold for $1,265.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 103, sold for $977.50

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 857, sold for $776.00

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1087, not plated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1257, illustrated, sold for $776.25

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 104, sold for $977.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1088, not plated, sold for $776.25

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1258, not illustrated, sold for $598.00

EF-45 Cleaned.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7099, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 105, sold for $517.50

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1333, not illustrated, sold for $747.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1334, not illustrated, sold for $644.00

Net EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2305, sold for $431.25

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