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Obverse of 1887 Three Dollars     Reverse of 1887 Three Dollars


1887 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8009, 8051, 88051, 98051

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 6,000
Proofs: 160

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)

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7202, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1342, illustrated, sold for $16,675.00

NGC Proof-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3667, sold for $8,050.00

NGC Proof-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3668, sold for $9,775.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7585, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8922, plated, sold for $12,650.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2176 @ $3,910.00 "to the book"

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1537 @$1,725.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 873 @$1,265.00


Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 9 MS-66's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 8 PR-66's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 15 PR-66's.

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

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