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 05/20/2022
$3 GoldFMV
MS61
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MS62
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MS63
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MS64
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MS65
1854$3,130 $3,630 down$6,060 $7,440 $14,300
1854 D$149,500 $221,000
1854 O$61,750 $95,230 $118,130
1855down$3,940 $4,650 $6,400 $9,650 $38,350
1855 S$44,060 $64,380 $100,750
1856$3,720 $5,100 $6,790 $11,410 $49,280
1856 S$15,410 down$25,350 $39,380 $70,850
1857$4,970 down$6,340 $9,040 $22,750 $45,310
1857 S$35,430 $64,380 $73,130 $100,750
1858$19,180 $21,130 $26,980 $46,150 $68,130
1859$4,650 $5,400 $9,330 $13,980 $27,950
1860$5,530 down$8,940 down$10,760 $17,880 $42,190
1860 S$38,350 $54,380
1861down$14,760 $18,200 $20,740 $25,350 $42,530
1862$10,950 $12,550 $18,010 $25,680 $48,750
1863$13,980 $14,630 $16,580 $23,730 $44,210
1864$12,450 $14,110 $19,960 $27,950 $55,690
1865$21,260 $27,950 $31,560 $50,050 $66,490
1866$7,700 $9,390 $10,730 $15,410 $42,190
1867$8,740 $11,080 $18,850 $29,250 $50,630
1868$6,210 $7,610 $10,690 $12,580 $37,130
1869$7,120 $10,600 $16,580 $32,180 $64,130
1870$6,400 $10,990 $18,660 $41,280 $62,780
1871$8,350 $10,240 $12,320 $23,080 $47,930
1872$7,740 $8,650 $13,980 $34,450 $53,330
1873 Open 3 Pr Only
1873 Closed 3$36,080 $42,250 $58,130 $79,950
1874$3,130 $3,630 $5,400 $6,670 $13,630
1875 Pr Only
$3 GoldFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
FMV
MS64
FMV
MS65
1876 Pr Only
1877$30,880 $45,630 $58,130 $89,050 $114,080
1878$3,130 $3,630 $5,400 $6,670 $13,750
1879$4,470 $5,750 $7,640 down$9,840 $16,710
1880$7,740 $8,740 $11,600 $15,310 $22,560
1881$19,180 $20,480 down$26,460 $43,880 $62,440
1882$6,440 $7,700 $10,340 $13,460 $27,630
1883$6,780 $8,090 $10,560 $14,110 $32,830
1884$8,940 $10,160 $14,110 $22,950 $38,140
1885$9,000 $10,240 $13,980 $24,380 $32,180
1886$7,380 $9,460 $18,140 $29,580 $57,660
1887$4,560 down$6,080 $6,990 $9,220 $16,710
1888$4,280 $5,720 down$7,310 down$7,590 down$14,810
1889$5,000 $5,470 $7,050 $7,660 $17,230
Type$3,130 $3,630 $5,400 $6,670 $13,630

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