1888 $3 MS (PCGS# 8010)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1634
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1888 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-61 (NGC). CAC. OH. An obviously popular issue among advanced gold collectors, the 1888 Three was produced to the extent of just 5,000 coins in business strike format. Such a limited mintage is indicative of the fact that this denomination had long since ceased to play an important role in commerce by the late 1880s; it would actually be discontinued in 1889. Softly frosted and quite smooth at the BU grade level, this coin reveals only small, wispy abrasions that are singularly inconspicuous to the eye. Well struck and mostly rose-gold in color, a blush of deeper copper-lavender iridescence is evident at the upper-right reverse border.