Three-Dollar Gold

In 1853 the United States negotiated the “Gadsden Purchase”—settlement of a boundary dispute with Mexico that resulted in the U.S. acquiring what would become the southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico for 10 million dollars. The following year Commodore Matthew Perry embarked upon his famed expedition to re-open Japan to the Western world and establish trade. Spreading beyond its borders in many ways, a few years earlier the United States had joined the worldwide move to uniform postage rates and printed stamps when the Congressional Act of March 3, 1845 authorized the first U.S. postage stamps, and set the local prepaid letter rate at five cents. This set the stage for a close connection between postal and coinage history.

Exactly six years later, the postage rate was reduced to three cents when New York Senator Daniel S. Dickinson fathered legislation that simultaneously initiated coinage of the tiny silver three-cent piece as a public convenien.... (Expand Text)

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1854-O INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU55

MINTAGE OF ONLY 24,000.
$7,500.00

1855 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS63

SECOND YEAR OF ISSUE. ONLY 50,555 STRUCK.
$6,850.00

1855 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS63

ONLY 50,555 STRUCK.
$5,950.00

1856 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS64

JUST 26,010 STRUCK. ONLY 5 GRADED HIGHER!
$14,950.00

1857-S INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU55

A SCARCE S-MINT $3. ONLY 14,250 STRUCK.
$7,500.00

1860 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS63

VERY SCARCE IN MINT START. ONLY 7,036 STRUCK.
$6,950.00

1866 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS61

ONLY 4,000 STRUCK.
$5,750.00

1868 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS64

GEM RADIANT LUSTER. VERY SCARCE. ONLY 4,850 STRUCK.
$12,950.00

1873 INDIAN PRINCESS $3, CLOSED 3 MS62 Proof Like

CLOSED 3. ONLY 100 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$35,950.00

1877 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS61

PCGS SECURE. ONLY 1,468 COINS STRUCK. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER.
$28,950.00

1878 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS66

GEM SATIN LUSTER. ONLY 12 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$19,450.00