Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 5

Lot 1287

1889 $3 Gold. PCGS graded Proof 63. Struck in the final year of production for this curious denomination. Only 129 proofs were made for collectors of the day, and Breen notes that as a date, 1889 is much rarer than other dates from 1882-1888.
The fields boast the delightful orange-peel crinkle that the Philadelphia Mint seemed to have perfected on proof gold coinage of this era, which is curious in the fact that while mirrored and reflective, the fields have an irregular surface that looks very much like the peeling of an orange. Nice contrast from the fields to the frosty devices, and toned a delicate orange-gold color. The only complaint are the usual light hairlines, which account for the "choice" grade. A pleasure to view, and no doubt own.

Realized $8,338

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