Number of Required Coins : 41

Current Finest Possible Set Rating : 61.469

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The $3 gold piece was first issued in 1854, and the series lasted until 1889. While several dates were hoarded to a limited extent, most $3 gold issues are rare in any mint state grade, let alone in MS65 or better. It is a series filled with tiny mintages. In 1883, for instance, only 900 business strikes were made. The mintage for 1881 is 500. In 1885 there were 801 pieces struck. For 1873 the mintage is believed to be 100 coins.

Key dates? There are lots of them, including 1854-D, the only Dahlonega Mint $3 gold piece. PCGS has graded only four examples mint state. Then there’s the 1854-O, the only New Orleans $3 gold piece. PCGS has graded hundreds of specimens, but only two in mint state. For the 1855-S, PCGS has graded two coins mint state. In these three cases, the highest grade is only MS-62!

The 1870-S three dollar gold piece is unique. It resides in the Harry Bass estate. In the event that the coin is sold and graded by PCGS, this set will finally be completable.

All-Time Finest (All Eras)View PCGS Era
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 Harry W. Bass 100.00%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 61.494
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 61.494
61.49
61.49
2 Louis Eliasberg 100.00%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 53.449
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 53.449
53.45
53.45
3 Hansin Collection $3 Basic Gold Circ. Set 1854/89 95.12% 53.49 49.54
4 Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection 92.68%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 4
Weighted GPA 54.824
% Complete 92.68%
Set Rating 49.528
54.82
49.53
5 The Norweb Family 87.80%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 5
Weighted GPA 43.285
% Complete 87.80%
Set Rating 37.136
43.28
37.14
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Current Finest
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 Hansin Collection $3 Basic Gold Circ. Set 1854/89 95.12% 53.49 49.54
2 Gold7272 Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 48.78% 59.43 30.05
3 Tom's $3 Gold Click to Contact Owner 29.27% 45.12 11.02