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 07/01/2022
Three Cents – SilverFMV
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Variety 1
1851$246 $270 $350 $500 $660
1851 O $630 $780 $1,190 $1,810 $2,530
1852$246 $300 $350 $475 $660
1853$228 $240 $300 $475 $810
Type Var. 1$228 $240 $300 $475 $660
Variety 2
1854$480 $510 $770 $1,130 $2,250
1855$720 $1,000 $1,590 $2,530 $7,470
1856$360 $450 $650 $1,110 $2,340
1857$408 $510 $840 $1,590 $3,220
1858$360 $480 $680 $970 $1,750
Type Var. 2$360 $450 $650 $970 $1,750
Variety 3
1859$270 $342 $419 $575 $1,130
1860$240 $288 $400 $600 $1,720
1861$270 $342 $475 $690 $910
1862$270 $360 $450 $550 $1,050
1862/1$330 $420 $463 $690 $1,210
1863down$1,260 down$1,410 down$1,810 down$2,940 down$3,660
1864down$1,440 down$1,500 down$1,720 down$2,030 down$3,280
1865down$1,740 down$1,950 down$2,310 down$2,840 down$4,030
1866$1,230 $1,380 $1,690 $2,780 $3,280
1867$1,500 $1,650 $2,810 $4,090 $10,950
1868$3,270 $3,810 $4,440 $6,030 $16,580
1869$1,590 $1,710 $1,940 $3,530 $6,270
1869/8
1870$1,320 $1,440 $1,720 $2,530 $5,280
1871$1,100 $1,120 $1,310 $1,690 $2,340
Three Cents – SilverFMV
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1872$2,790 $3,000 $3,720 $4,690 $9,690
Type Var. 3$240 $288 $400 $550 $910

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