Owner's Comments

Semi pl fields with a satin lustre.Old gold coloring with original and undipped surfaces.Strong strike. Formerly in the El Zorro collection.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Except for the comparatively common 1874 and 1878, the 1859 has the highest mintage of any three dollar gold piece after 1858. In fact, it had the ninth highest mintage of any date in the series, and since its mintage is only 15,638, this fact merely dramatizes how rare coins in this series really are. Uncirculated specimens are occasionally available but choice mint state 1859's are far more rare than most of the other very low mintage dates of the 1880's.
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
15558
Weight
5.02 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
29
Pop Lower
450
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1500 R-4.8 32 / 41 TIE 32 / 41 TIE
All Grades 150 R-7.5 25 / 41 TIE 25 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 16 / 41 TIE 16 / 41 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:5339, $36,718.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4072, $32,900

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 estimated grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade