1889 $3 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 50169952
PCGS#: 8011

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): This is the last year of issue for three dollar gold pieces and therefore, despite the low mintage, one might naturally expect that a sizable number of choice examples exist that were saved as momentos of a disappearing denomination. To be sure, there are some choice examples that were saved, but the 1889 is certainly more difficult to obtain in choice condition than the 1879, 1880, or 1882. Of course, it is also much more scarce in any condition than either the 1887 or 1888. The majority of the choice uncirculated 1889's that I have seen have been frosty or at most partially proof-like. I have seen several fully proof-like 1889's, but do not feel that they would be mistaken for proofs since they lack a proof's depth of field and characteristic orange peel surface.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,300 Weight: 5.02 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
4
550
6
575
1
8
600
10
625
12
650
15
675
20
725
25
775
1
30
825
35
875
40
1,000
1
45
1,150
8
45+
1,150
50
1,225
17
50+
1,250
53+
1,350
55+
1,525
58+
1,900
62+
3,900
63+
5,900
64+
8,150
2
65+
16,500
1
66+
35,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 32 / 41 TIE 32 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 34 / 41 TIE 34 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 55 R-8.4 29 / 41 29 / 41

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade