||1874 $3 AU58+ NGC. CAC. The year 1874 marked the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of the three dollar gold series. Despite the denomination's lack of popularity and questionable utility given its close relation to the quarter eagle, the Mint struck 41,800 coins. Consequently, examples are nearly as available as pieces from the inaugural 1854 issue. This partially lustrous, near-Mint representative displays beautiful red-gold surfaces with unimportant friction over fairly well-struck devices. Only the leaf to the right of the bow shows much softness. Minimal marks are lightly strewn over each side but fail to detract from this coin's bold eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1292.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.