Number of Required Coins : 40

Current Finest Possible Set Rating : 66.404

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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!

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 63.042
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 63.042
63.04
63.04
2 The South Texas Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00% 62.67 62.67
3 Louis Eliasberg 100.00%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 54.548
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 54.548
54.55
54.55
4 Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection 95.00%
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 4
Weighted GPA 54.824
% Complete 95.00%
Set Rating 52.512
54.82
52.51
5 Whidbey Island Collection 80.00%
Retired on 5/18/2006
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 56.702
% Complete 80.00%
Set Rating 44.747
56.70
44.75
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Current Finest
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 The South Texas Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 100.00% 62.67 62.67
2 Mountain Gold Click to view Set Images 95.00% 47.59 43.29
3 Gold7272 Click to Contact Owner 50.00% 59.60 31.95
4 Carmel Collection 22.50% 60.19 09.43
5 skiw/oparole 10.00% 54.67 07.90
6 Dale of Alaska $3 Gold Collection Click to Contact Owner 10.00% 62.10 03.74
7 joshnoga 10.00% 1.00 00.10