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 09/26/2022
$3 GoldFMV
MS61
FMV
MS62
FMV
MS63
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MS64
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MS65
1854down$3,250 $3,810 $6,060 $7,640 $14,630
1854 Ddown$182,000 down$357,500
1854 O$61,750 $95,230 $118,130
1855$4,030 $4,650 $6,470 $9,650 $38,350
1855 S$44,060 $64,380 $100,750
1856$4,030 $5,660 $7,640 $11,410 $49,280
1856 S$15,410 $25,350 $39,380 $70,850
1857$4,970 $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$4,910 $5,400 $12,510 $14,630 $27,950
1860$5,530 $8,940 $10,760 $17,880 $42,190
1860 S$38,350 $54,380
1861$14,760 $17,230 $20,740 $25,350 $42,530
1862down$11,470 down$13,980 $18,010 $25,680 $48,750
1863$14,760 $16,250 $18,660 $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$9,560 $11,080 $18,850 $29,250 $50,630
1868$6,790 $8,290 $10,690 $12,580 $37,130
1869$7,120 $10,600 $16,580 $32,180 $64,130
1870$6,730 $10,990 $18,660 $41,280 $62,780
1871$8,350 $10,240 $12,320 $23,080 $47,930
1872$7,740 $9,390 $13,980 $34,450 $53,330
1873 Open 3 Pr Only
1873 Closed 3$36,080 $42,250 $58,130 $79,950
1874down$3,250 $3,810 down$5,630 $6,930 $14,060
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
1878down$3,250 $3,810 down$5,630 $6,930 $14,060
1879$4,940 $6,010 $7,740 $9,840 $16,710
1880$7,740 $8,740 down$12,160 down$15,940 $22,560
1881$19,440 $20,480 $26,460 $43,880 $62,440
1882down$6,720 $8,420 $10,630 $13,460 $27,630
1883$6,780 $8,090 $10,560 $14,300 $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 $6,080 $7,310 $9,220 $16,710
1888$4,280 $6,410 $7,310 $7,690 down$15,000
1889$5,000 $5,470 $7,050 $8,030 $16,900
Typedown$3,250 $3,810 down$5,630 $6,930 $14,060

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