1885 $3 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 50169948
PCGS#: 8007

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1885 is the second lowest mintage of any regularly issued three dollar gold piece and, therefore, it has been touted by some as a great rarity. It is certainly very scarce, but there are many other dates in the series that are substantially more rare, particularly in choice condition. Both the 1884 and 1886 are considerably more difficult to obtain in choice condition and yet because their mintages are more than 1,000 (actually only a couple hundred pieces more than the 1885) they have not been as highly regarded over the years as this date.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 801 Weight: 5.02 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
30
1,650
35
1,900
2
40
2,600
3
45
3,000
3
45+
3,100
50+
3,600
53+
3,900
55+
4,500
58+
5,450
62+
10,500
1
63+
14,000
64+
21,000
1
65+
33,500
66
42,500
5
66+
52,000
67
90,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 550 R-5.9 15 / 41 TIE 15 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 25 / 41 TIE 25 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 23 / 41 23 / 41

Condition Census

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