1884 $3 MS66 Certification #13690509, PCGS #8006
In terms of total population, the 1884 $3 is the rarest of all the dates in the 1880's. However, it is not the most difficult to obtain in Mint State -- that distinction belongs to the 1881. The 1884 appears most often in MS63, but there are a fair number of MS64's and a few Gems, as well. Top examples include two PCGS MS66's (one from the Great Lakes Collection and another from the South Texas Collection) and some NGC MS67's.
The 1884 $3 is an extremely popular date because of its very small mintage.
David Akers (1975/88)This is another very low mintage date and is the second most underrated business strike three dollar gold piece of the 1880's. (In my opinion, the 1886 is the most underrated.) In our survey of 238 catalogues, this date ranked 8th in rarity according to number of appearances although it did rate next to last according to rarity by average grade. As with the 1880 and several other dates as well, this is because virtually every known 1884 is uncirculated or very nearly so. However, although most specimens are uncirculated, very few of them are really choice, and strict MS-65 specimens have been known to command large premiums.