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 12/08/2022
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Variety 1
1851$246 $300 $375 $500 down$680
1851 O $630 $780 $1,190 $1,810 $2,530
1852$246 $300 down$363 $500 $710
1853down$240 down$264 down$363 $500 $810
Type Var. 1down$240 down$264 down$363 $500 down$680
Variety 2
1854$480 $510 $770 $1,130 down$2,470
1855$720 $1,000 $1,590 $2,530 $7,470
1856$360 down$510 down$680 $1,160 $2,720
1857$408 $510 $840 $1,590 $3,030
1858$360 $480 $680 $970 $1,750
Type Var. 2$360 down$480 down$680 $970 $1,750
Variety 3
1859$270 $342 down$500 $630 $1,130
1860$240 $288 $400 $600 $1,780
1861$270 $342 $500 $690 $910
1862$270 $360 $450 $630 $1,090
1862/1$330 $420 $525 $780 $1,280
1863$1,260 $1,410 $1,810 $3,030 $3,660
1864$1,440 $1,500 $1,720 $2,030 $3,280
1865$1,740 $1,950 $2,310 $2,840 $4,030
1866down$1,350 down$1,410 $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 $16,250
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 $9,260
Type Var. 3$240 $288 $400 $600 $910

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