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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1856-S INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE SAN FRANCISCO $3 GOLD. ONLY 7 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. THE HIGHEST BEING AN MS64.
$26,400.00

1860-S INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION. JUST 7,000 STRUCK. ONLY TWO MS62 COINS GRADED HIGHER. BAREFORD PEDIGREE.
$41,250.00

1863 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 39 STRUCK. CIVIL WAR YEAR.
$98,500.00

1873 INDIAN PRINCESS $3, CLOSED 3 PR65

CLOSED 3. DISHED PLANCHET. GEM BRILLIANT PROOF SURFACES THAT RADIATES LUSTER. ONLY 8 COINS ORIGINALLY STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$229,500.00

1874 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR64 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 20 ORIGINALLY STRUCK. JUST TWO DCAMS GRADED HIGHER.
$55,000.00

1874 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 20 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$192,500.00

1876 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR61

LOVELY BRILLIANT PROOF. PROOK ONLY ISSUE. ONLY 45 COINS STRUCK.
$57,500.00

1881 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Deep Cameo

*QUALITY. GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 54 MINTED. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$154,000.00

1882 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 76 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$154,000.00

1884 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR64 Cameo

GEM CAMEO SURFACES. ONLY 106 STRUCK. CAC.
$35,750.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO $3 PRINCESS. JUST 160 STRUCK. ONLY TWO GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$79,500.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 160 STRUCK. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$79,500.00

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.
$159,500.00

1888 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65

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