1888 $3 MS (PCGS# 8010)
The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1438
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1888 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-61 (NGC). Sharply, if not fully struck in all areas, both sides exhibit handsome patina in an even olive-orange color. Some semblance of a prooflike finish is evident in the fields, but overall muting to the surfaces does confirm the BU assessment from NGC. Wispy abrasions do not include any individually mentionable distractions, and the eye appeal is above average at the lower reaches of Mint State. A recognized rarity among late-date Threes, the 1888 has a paltry business strike mintage of 5,000 pieces.