The Indian Princess Three-Dollar Gold Piece was the shortest-lived gold coin denomination circulating for only 35 years from 1854-1889. After the California Gold Rush, Congress authorized three new denominations; the gold dollar, three-dollar gold piece, and a $20 Double Eagle. Designed by U.S. Mint’s Chief Sculptor-Engraver, James Barton Longacre, the Indian Princess dollar and $3 Indian Princess gold piece was a completely different design change from the Liberty gold series. Longacre’s $3 Indian Princess stands apart from any other coins produced by the U.S. Mint as the only $3 coin ever issued and beginning of the Indian design. Longacre wanted to make his design emblematic of the frontier and the American spirit. The obverse shows a Indian Princess wearing a pom-pom feathered headdress with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding the edge. The reverse displays the denomination and date enclosed within a “Fruits of the Land” wreath. The denomination was to help facilitate the purchase of postage stamps in packs of 100 at 3 cents apiece, but the new design was rejected by the public. Very small mintages of the coin were produced during its short lifespan, making the $3 Indian Princess low mintage very popular with collectors today.

FMV Prices for Rare Coin Price Guide last updated 10/17/2021
Three Cents – SilverFMV
MS61
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MS62
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Variety 1
1851down$246 down$270 down$350 down$475 $640
1851 O $630 $780 $1,170 $1,810 $2,470
1852down$246 down$270 $313 $450 $630
1853$228 $240 $288 down$475 $730
Type Var. 1down$228 $240 $288 $450 $630
Variety 2
1854$480 $510 $770 $1,130 $2,220
1855$700 $1,000 $1,590 $2,470 $7,440
1856$336 $450 $650 $1,110 $2,340
1857$408 $510 $780 $1,590 down$3,220
1858$360 $480 $680 $970 $1,750
Type Var. 2$336 $450 $650 $970 $1,750
Variety 3
1859$240 $342 $419 $575 $1,090
1860$240 $288 $400 $600 $1,720
1861$270 down$342 down$425 $630 $910
1862$264 $312 $400 $550 down$1,040
1862/1$330 $402 $463 $690 $1,210
1863$1,010 $1,080 $1,590 $2,470 $3,470
1864$1,240 $1,290 $1,470 $1,780 $2,880
1865$1,290 $1,590 $2,090 $2,440 $3,440
1866$1,230 $1,380 $1,690 $2,780 $3,280
1867$1,500 $1,650 $2,810 $3,940 down$10,950
1868$1,860 $2,070 $2,720 $5,340 $16,580
1869$1,590 $1,710 $1,940 $3,530 $5,750
1869/8
1870$1,260 $1,350 $1,720 $2,530 $5,280
1871$1,100 $1,120 $1,310 $1,690 $2,030
Three Cents – SilverFMV
MS61
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MS62
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MS64
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MS65
1872$2,790 $3,000 $3,720 $4,690 $9,690
Type Var. 3$240 $288 $400 $550 $910

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