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 10/26/2021
$3 GoldFMV
MS61
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MS62
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MS63
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MS64
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MS65
1854down$2,480 down$2,980 down$4,630 down$6,050 $14,300
1854 D$126,750 $195,000
1854 O$45,310 $83,850 $99,380
1855down$2,810 $4,130 $5,100 $9,260 $35,750
1855 S$40,000 $60,630 $86,780
1856$3,340 $4,490 $6,440 $9,810 $44,890
1856 S$13,330 $20,150 $31,880 $51,350
1857$4,060 $4,620 $7,440 $18,530 $39,380
1857 S$27,630 $50,630 $60,630 $81,250
1858$15,020 $20,150 $26,980 $35,750 $48,130
1859$3,970 $4,580 down$8,550 $12,250 $25,030
1860$4,450 $7,120 $8,610 $14,630 $39,830
1860 S$36,860 $49,380
1861$8,680 $11,120 $15,280 $21,650 $38,480
1862$9,040 $11,020 $16,250 $23,730 $44,920
1863$10,210 $12,550 $14,950 $20,480 $35,780
1864$9,590 $12,380 $18,010 $25,680 $51,980
1865$19,310 $24,250 $27,060 $42,710 $57,380
1866$6,010 $7,610 $10,210 $14,300 $37,460
1867$6,960 $9,390 $15,930 $25,160 $50,630
1868$5,400 $6,210 $10,080 $11,600 $33,750
1869$5,170 $9,850 $13,720 $29,250 $51,980
1870$5,360 $10,170 $15,930 $26,330 $58,390
1871$6,340 $8,680 $11,210 $21,450 $44,210
1872$6,440 $7,310 $12,770 $28,280 $48,260
1873 Open 3 Pr Only
1873 Closed 3$34,390 $38,680 $58,130 $79,950
1874down$2,480 down$2,980 down$4,310 down$5,400 $13,060
1875 Pr Only
$3 GoldFMV
MS61
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MS62
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MS63
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MS64
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MS65
1876 Pr Only
1877$27,950 $39,380 $49,380 $81,250 $105,980
1878down$2,480 down$2,980 down$4,310 down$5,400 down$11,250
1879$3,410 $4,750 down$6,310 down$7,190 $16,710
1880$6,310 $7,350 $9,520 $10,310 $17,880
1881$16,450 $18,010 $22,560 $33,150 $45,230
1882$4,530 $5,490 $9,650 $12,250 $24,510
1883$5,280 $6,400 $10,040 $12,290 $28,930
1884$6,400 $8,810 $11,700 $15,410 $31,050
1885$7,180 $9,000 $11,470 $17,750 $28,280
1886$5,300 $7,640 $15,410 $26,000 $50,050
1887$3,690 $4,100 $5,300 $8,310 $12,810
1888$3,060 $3,340 down$4,750 $5,780 down$11,250
1889$3,690 $3,810 down$4,810 down$5,880 $12,810
Typedown$2,480 down$2,980 down$4,310 down$5,400 down$11,250

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