It isn’t often that we’re able to feature a collection of three dollar gold pieces in one of our auctions, but three dollar gold pieces form the great majority of the Chinook Collection, a part of the April 25-28 Central States Numismatic Society US Coins Signature Auction.
Our consignor is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who loves the Pacific Northwest. Chinook salmon provide one of his favorite challenges, routinely tipping the scales anywhere from 10 to 25 pounds, and sometimes they get much larger (chinook weighing upwards of 100 pounds are reported, although they are rare at that size).
The three dollar gold series is replete with its own rarities in both circulation strike and proof formats, and that popular series forms the largest part of The Chinook Collection. Three dollar gold is a long-running series where low mintages are the rule, rather than the exception. Examples are especially challenging in mid-to-high Mint State grades, and proofs for most dates are rare at any level.
The Chinook Collection is virtually complete by date and mint, with highlights such as:
- 1854-D $3 AU50 PCGS. Variety 1-A
- 1854 $3 PR61 NGC. JD-1, Low R.7
- 1864 $3 PR64+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. JD-1, High R.6
- 1867 $3 PR66 Cameo NGC. JD-1, High R.6
- 1873 $3 Open 3 PR62 PCGS. JD-1, Low R.7
Three dollar patterns are also covered in this collection, including:
- 1867 Three Dollar struck in nickel, Judd-597, R.8, PR58 NGC
- 1868 Three Dollar struck in aluminum, Judd-655, Low R.7, PR64 NGC
- 1869 Three Dollar struck in copper, Judd-772, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS
- 1869 Three Dollar struck in aluminum, Judd-773, High R.7, PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC
- 1875 Three Dollar struck in copper and gilt, Judd-1436, R.7, PR64 Gilt NGC. CAC
A handful of nice double eagles supplements The Chinook Collection, including an 1869 PR64 PCGS aluminum double eagle (Judd-785, high R.7), with CAC endorsement.
Place your bids now on coins from The Chinook Collection and the rest of the CSNS Signature Auction at coins.HA.com.