||1888 $3 AU58 NGC. CAC. According to Garrett and Guth's Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins (2006), "The 1888 $3 gold piece is one of the most common dates in the series, despite a mintage that ranks among the lowest. Only 1854, 1874, and 1878 issues are more common." The 5,000-coin mintage and high survival rate are popular attributes, and examples are frequently encountered in type enthusiasts' collections. For the budget-minded collector concerned with originality, this near-Mint representative is exceedingly appreciable. Orange and reddish-gold colors embrace each strongly struck side. High sharp rims show no nicks or dings. Glowing luster emerges from the recesses and further enhance the already commanding visual eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2350.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.