||1859 $3 AU58 NGC. CAC. The 1859 three dollar gold piece, with a mintage of 15,558 coins, is not a truly rare date in the context of the series, though it is significantly scarcer than the frequently encountered 1854, 1874, and 1878 issues. The 1859 issue appeals to the type collector seeking a more challenging date. This issue is available in circulated condition, but becomes scarce in pleasing Mint State grades. This near-Mint representative exhibits just a brush of high-point friction, but retains strong motifs. Luminous apricot-gold patina and a lack of bothersome surface scars delivers a pleasing amount of eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2350.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.