A whirlwind of lively luster graces the deep yellow-gold surfaces while hints of olive and deeper gold grace both sides. One of the more readily available dates, the 1878 three-dollar gold is often selected to represent the type in advanced gold type sets. Choice for the grade with surfaces that are free of heavy or immediately noticeable marks.
Recently Dave Bowers sent the writer an email with some interesting notes about three-dollar gold coins. It seems the Meriden, Connecticut Daily Republican issue of April 11, 1888 related the following about the denomination: "A three-dollar gold piece was taken in at the ticket office of the Consolidated Road Monday. This rare piece is the first of its kind that has been taken in for a long time, and Agent Hart clings to it with a tenacity that is sublime." Unfortunately, the date of Agent Hart's "find" was not given in the article.