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$3 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1854-1889)

Number of Required Items

41
Current Finest Possible Set Rating

63.213

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)

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating
1 D.L. Hansen 97.56% 64.74 65.66 61.93
2 Harry W. Bass 100.00% 61.58 R 61.80 61.80
3 Louis Eliasberg 100.00% 53.72 R 53.72 53.72
4 Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection 92.68% 54.82 R 54.82 49.53
5 Hansin Collection $3 Basic Gold Circ. Set 1854/89 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 87.80% 55.70 55.70 47.79

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Current Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating
1 D.L. Hansen 97.56% 64.74 65.66 61.93
2 Hansin Collection $3 Basic Gold Circ. Set 1854/89 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 87.80% 55.70 55.70 47.79
3 [email protected] 26.83% 55.56 55.56 15.15
4 Tom's $3 Gold 29.27% 45.12 45.12 11.02