Service: NGC | Rating: MS 61
While not the rarest date of the 1880s, the 1886 $3 gold piece is one of the rarest dates in gem condition. In fact, the only example that has been certified better than MS-64 is a single prooflike NGC MS-65 coin. Circulation strikes were made from a set of Proof dies, making it nearly impossible to tell the two apart. As a result, the Proof/prooflike debate rages on this date, as the price differential can be significant. Auction appearances average about four to five per year, but have increased in recent years because higher prices have brought more coins to the market. The auction-price record was set in 2003, when the aforementioned NGC MS-65 prooflike sold for $32,200. This is also one of the few gold coins of any date that the Smithsonian lacks as a circulation strike.
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