||1871 $3 MS63 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Contemporary collectors quickly realized the scarcity of the 1871 three dollar gold issue (only 1,300 coins minted) and plucked examples from circulation. Thus, a surprising number of coins survive in lightly circulated condition. However, pieces in lower-Mint State grades are very scarce, and Select representatives such as this are rare, tightly held, and seldom seen. Yellow-gold color and vibrant mint luster adorn the strongly prooflike surfaces. This amazing example offers well detailed and lightly frosted devices with typical softness over 18 in the date and the wreath bow. Minimal marks are faintly scattered over each side. NGC has certified only 11 coins in MS63 and 14 coins finer (8/14). Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $60.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $9400.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.