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1888 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 8010, 8052, 88052

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,000
Proofs: 291

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 Ron Guth

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 17 PR-66's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66's.

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

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-66, Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7204, illustrated, sold for $23,000.00

Ex - Great Lakes collection (illustrated above)

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1343, illustrated, sold for $17,825.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 497, illustrated, sold for $16,100.00

NGC MS-65..  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3669, sold for $10,062.50

PCGS MS-65.  Offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $17,950.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8924, plated, unsold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 874, sold for $13,800.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 875, sold for $8,280.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 876, sold for $8,050.00

MS-65.  Ex - Abe Kosoff's sale of the "Shuford" collection, April 1968 - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2167, sold for $9,200.00

NGC MS-64.  Stack's 10/2000:1715, plated, $7,015.00

"Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:956, $8,625.00

PCGS MS-63.  Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1538, sold for  $3,910.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8923, plated, sold for $3,220.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

MS-60+.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1344, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 877, sold for $1,207.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2316, sold for $1,610.00

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 878, sold for $1,092.00

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