1887 $3 PR66+ Deep Cameo PCGS CAC JD-1 R4

$105,000.00 USD

Ex: Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection. With the double eagles and half eagles of 1887 struck in proof format only, all gold coins for the year benefit from the popularity of those issues. That includes the 1887 three dollar, which claims a total mintage of 6,000 circulation strikes and 160 proofs. Those totals, which are undeniably small in the broader context of American numismatics, heighten the appeal of the 1887 three dollar gold piece in both formats, though proofs are especially sought-after.

John Dannreuther estimates in United States Proof Coins, Volume I: Gold, Part I that as many as 90 to 100 examples survive. He writes: "This is one of the most available Proofs of this series with numerous high-grade examples with cameo and deep cameo features." Indeed, PCGS lists 57 non-Cameo grading events plus 29 submissions in Cameo and 20 in Cameo for a total of 106 problem-free proofs reported at that service. The number is undoubtedly inflated, but it reflects the relative accessibility of the 1887 in high-grades, as Dannreuther suggests. It also showcases the relative scarcity of Deep Cameo representatives like the Bass Core Collection coin offered here.

Both sides of this Plus-graded Premium Gem proof display smooth jet-black mirrors set against thickly frosted orange-gold motifs. The surfaces are essentially pristine, and visual appeal is top-notch. Population: 6 in 66 (1 in 66+) Deep Cameo, 2 finer. CAC: 5 in 66, 0 finer (8/22).
Ex: Purchased from Stanley Kesselman (7/1/1976).
From The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Core Collection, Part I.(Registry values: P1)

Weight: 5.02 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper