By 1866 the physical wounds of those that remained would begin to heal, some scarred for life, but the emotional wounds some could say have lasted to this day. One way or the other, it was the true test of the American experiment that we could get through the most challenging moments in our nation’s history.
The 1866 Proof $3 was struck to the tune of just 30 coins. Far fewer remain in any condition today, and $3 gold has been hot in general! This particular example was owned by the great Harry Bass Jr. who had a keen eye for quality and rarity and especially loved Proof gold.
It was only one year removed from the country’s beloved Abraham Lincoln being assassinated. Indeed, people were still in mourning. This sensational coin is like looking into a kaleidoscope for the time it was struck. Just a beautiful coin with rarity to match that will be a highlight in any extraordinary collection.