||1856-S $3 Small S AU55+ NGC. CAC. The San Francisco Mint produced three dollar gold pieces in only four years (not counting the unique 1870-S), thus forming a small, but intriguing, subset of three dollar gold pieces, composed of elusive issues. For the 1856-S slot, no piece would be more suitable than an example of the scarce Small S variant. This CAC-endorsed representative displays luminous orange-gold surfaces that are unusually free of major abrasions. Slight friction is seen over the high points, limiting the grade, though the design elements retain nearly complete definition. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3290.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.