Service: PCGS | Rating: MS 64
The 1884 $3 gold piece continues the run of low mintage dates that characterize the waning years of this denomination. However, for some inexplicable reason, this date was not saved or hoarded to the same degree as the others around it. For example, the number of surviving coins matches that of the 1881 issue, which has a mintage equal to exactly half of the 1884 issue. Fortunately, many more Mint State examples survive of the 1884 issue. Those examples that we see today range from frosty to fully prooflike, with many deceptive first strikes that look like Proofs. Gems are extremely rare, led by two in MS-67. Auction appearances average about three per year. Surprisingly, the Smithsonian has no circulation-strike examples, which means that even Josiah K. Lilly had none. The price record belongs to Richard Jewell’s PCGS MS-65, which sold for $25,300 in 2005.
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