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.
$6,350.00

1854-O INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU58

WELL STRUCK WITH SOME DECENT LUSTER STILL. ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$18,950.00

1854-O INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS61

CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. WELL STRUCK. ONLY $3 GOLD STRUCK AT THE NEW ORLEANS MINT.
$54,500.00

1856 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS64

JUST 26,010 STRUCK. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER!
$14,500.00

1857-S INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU55

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

1860-S INDIAN PRINCESS $3 AU58

A SATIN LUSTER AU WITH A MINTAGE OF ONLY 7,000. JUST 4 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$18,950.00

1868 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS62

VERY FLASHY AND LUSTROUS. ONLY 4,850 STRUCK.
$5,750.00

1877 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS61

PCGS SECURE. ONLY 1,468 COINS STRUCK. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER.
$27,500.00

1878 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS66

GEM SURFACES.
$18,500.00

1878 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED SURFACES WITH CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY 20 STRUCK. A GREAT $3 PROOF RARITY. CAC.
$98,500.00

1884 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 106 STRUCK. JUST 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$48,500.00

1884 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 106 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER.
$72,500.00

1886 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 142 STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$34,500.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 160 STRUCK.
$53,500.00

1887 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM ULTRA CAMEO. ONLY 160 STRUCK. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$53,500.00

1889 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 129 STRUCK.
$34,000.00

1889 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 PR65+ Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 129 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$44,500.00