||1856 $3 AU58 NGC. CAC. The 1856 three dollar gold piece had a mintage of 26,010 coins, and is actually one of the more plentiful issues of the period. This should not be translated into its being common; this issue is seen much less frequently than its higher-mintage counterparts. Mint State examples are scarce, especially above the MS62 grade level. This near-Mint example displays original olive-gold patina over much of each side, with remnants of golden luster illuminating the recesses. The wreath bow is softly defined, but the rest of the devices are sharp with just a touch of friction. Unusually smooth surfaces complete the eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1997.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.