||1866 $3 AU58 NGC. CAC. The date is scarce in all grades because of its mintage of only 4,000 coins. CoinFacts estimates that 500 examples are extant, just a small fraction of which are finer than the piece here offered. Already desirable because of its low production total, this near-Mint example's appeal is further enhanced by its aesthetic quality. Mildly prooflike and partly lustrous surfaces feature lemon-gold color overall with rose highlights. Liberty's hair and headdress are well struck, as is the lower wreath. Essentially imperceptible friction and scattered marks are the only elements that preclude an Uncirculated designation. NGC has certified 42 examples in AU58 and 45 pieces finer (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3055.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.