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-D INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU50

EVENLY WORN SURFACES. ONLY $3 GOLD STRUCK AT THE DAHLONAGA MINT. JUST 1,120 ORIGINALLY MINTED.
$39,950.00

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

1854-O INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS62

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY $3 GOLD STRUCK AT NEW ORLEANS MINT. ONLY 24,000 MINTED. JUST ONE MS63 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$75,000.00

1865 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 25 STRUCK. CIVIL WAR YEAR. CAC.
$92,500.00

1870 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS64

NEAR NEAR, LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 3,500 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$32,500.00

1874 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 20 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$149,500.00

1876 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 45 STRUCK. PROOF ONLY ISSUE. JUST TWO COINS CRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$129,500.00

1881 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Deep Cameo

*QUALITY. GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 54 MINTED. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$165,000.00

1882 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 76 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$125,000.00

1883 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 89 STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$69,500.00

1886 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 142 STRUCK.
$37,500.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 160 STRUCK. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$55,000.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66+ Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO $3 PRINCESS. JUST 160 STRUCK. CAC.
$77,500.00