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Obverse of 1877 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1877 Three Dollars


PCGS Nos: 7999, 8041, 98041


Circulation strikes: 1,468
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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Significant examples:
Ex - Great Lakes collection (illustrated above)

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8913, plated, unsold  Ex: Bass, Harry Bass purchased from Stanley Kesselman, July 1974; Bass II (Bowers and Merena, 10/99), lot 696, where it realized $32,200.00

NGC Proof-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3652, sold for $23,000.00

PCI MS-63 Cleaned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3992, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

PCGS VF-35.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 858 @$3,565.00

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's. 

The finest Deep Cameo Proof 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