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Obverse of 1879 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1879 Three Dollars


1879 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8001, 8043, 88043, 98043

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,000
Proofs: 30

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-65, Gem Brilliant Uncirculated and enjoying very impressive visual appeal.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1713, plated, unsold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3654, sold for $6,612.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8918, plated, sold for $4,715.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8919, plated, sold for $4,600.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2312 at $1,150.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2313 at $1,610.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 863 at $1,150.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

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

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66'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