1861 $3 MS (PCGS# 7982)

2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136

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1861 $3 MS64 NGC. The 1861 three dollar saw a low mintage of fewer than 6,000 circulation strikes, and surviving examples fall mostly in the Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated range. Mint State examples are scarce through about MS63 and elusive any finer. The yellow-gold surfaces of this near-Gem representative display partially prooflike fields highlighting somewhat the motifs, more so on the reverse. Die striations are visible over both sides, found on all high-grade examples of this issue. Aside from the typical minor softness in some of the hair curls, the design elements exhibit strong detail. A few trivial handling marks barely preclude Gem status. Census: 4 in 64, 3 finer (11/09). From The Atherton Family Collection.
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