Owner's Comments

IN AN OLD GREEN HOLDER. Full strike with tangerine/gold coloring. And a beutiful cameo prooflike appearance.

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
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
23
Pop Lower
129
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 550 R-5.9 15 / 41 TIE 15 / 41 TIE
All Grades 150 R-7.5 25 / 41 TIE 25 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 23 / 41 23 / 41

Condition Census

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

Peach Set Collection - Superior 2/2005:3405, $??? - Simpson Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade