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1886 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8008, 8050, 88050, 98050

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,000
Proofs: 142

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

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-64's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

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

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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", illustrated

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-64 Cameo.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1341, illustrated, sold for $11,787.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7586, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 871, sold for $7,474.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1095, plated, sold for $8,377.50  Ex - Virgil Brand Collection (Bowers & Merena, June 18, 1984, Lot 1446)

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 496, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 872, sold for $1,782.00

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