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Obverse of 1885 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1885 Three Dollars


1885 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8007, 8049, 88049

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 801
Proofs: 109

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 Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 690, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1340, illustrated, sold for $13,225.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3666, sold for $16,100.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 292, illustrated, sold for $5,520.00  From Abner Kreisberg's sale of November 1972, Lot 1148

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 870 at $2,415.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2315 at $1,092.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's. 

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

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