Service: PCGS | Rating: MS64
The 1880 $3 gold piece has one of the lowest mintages of the entire series, but the survival rate mirrors that of many of the other dates from that decade. Most survivors are in Mint State, having been saved by collectors and dealers who recognized the rarity of the date as soon as the coins were struck. The most “common” grade is MS-64; anything better is extremely rare. Prooflike surfaces are the rule, and there is considerable confusion (deliberate at times, it seems) about whether a particular coin is a Proof or a prooflike circulation strike (curiously, the error almost always is in favor of the more expensive version). The finest certified example is a single NGC MS-67, but it was a PCGS MS-66 from the Bass Collection that set the auction record of $29,900 in 1999.
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