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 MS61

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. THE ONLY YEAR $3 GOLD COINS WERE MADE IN NEW ORLEANS. JUST SIX COINS GRADE HIGHER.
$54,500.00

1874 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 20 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$159,500.00

1882 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 76 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$137,500.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Deep Cameo

GEM FLASHY DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 160 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$165,000.00

1888 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65

GEM PROOF SURFACES. LOVELY ORANGE PEEL LUSTER. ONLY 291 STRUCK.
$35,750.00

1889 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. LOVELY ORANGE PEAL COLOR. JUST 129 STRUCK. TIED FOR NUMERICAL HIGH GRADE.
$43,950.00