Indian Princess Head Three Dollar Gold Coins were made from 1854 to 1889. Most Three Dollar Gold Coins were made in Philadelphia.
The branch mints in Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco struck Three Dollar Gold Coins although coins from these mints are scarce!
Ex: Pittman Collection. The only three dollar gold piece struck at the Dahlonega Mint with a mintage of just 1,120 coins. The striking quality of these coins tends to be poor and this example is as well struck as we've seen for this rare date. There are also no planchet issues and the lustrous gold surfaces have a subtle green hue. The eye appeal exceeds expectations!
Yellow-gold surfaces exhibit free flowing strong remnant luster. On an issue that is notorious for poor strikes, this example holds it's own. Marks are few and minor rather than extensive which is often the case. A first year example and the only $3 'Princess' struck at the Dahlonega Mint. Just 1,120 pieces were produced and it is estimated only about 300 still exist. A lofty grade for the issue as only 9 pieces have graded mint state at NGC.
This is the only New Orleans Three Dollar Gold Coin and has a mintage of just 24,000. The present example is well detailed with attractive orange-gold surfaces that retain a trace of mint luster.
Brilliant and flashy surfaces. Only 50,555 were struck. Just 5 coins grade numerically finer at PCGS.
Well struck with fewer marks than expected for the grade and flashy orange-gold surfaces.
Just 2,133 minted and Akers states, "an 1858 in any grade is rare and it is doubtful that more than 75-100 total pieces still exist." He also says most are well worn and grade VF to XF. This is a very respectable example with strong detail and lustrous orange-gold surfaces. It has very few marks (all minor) and just a touch of wear on the high points of the design.
The modest 15,558 coin mintage is the ninth highest in the series which gives you an idea of just how scarce and underrated three dollar gold coins really are! This is an attractive mint state coin with a sharp strike and bright yellow-gold surfaces.
Sharply struck with bright satiny luster and a nice orange hue. Just 7,036 minted and a date that saw heavy circulation and few survivors.
CAC. A pleasing example of this scarce Civil War era issue. Just 5,000 minted and attractive examples, like this, are seldom encountered.
A pleasing example of this scarce date with a strong strike and vibrant yellow-gold luster. Marks are minor and fewer than is typical for the grade. Just 5,000 minted and few were saved during the heart of the Civil War.
Bright lustrous surfaces and a sharp strike. A popular Civil War date with a mintage of 2,630.
Well struck with flashy mint luster. A few scattered small marks define the grade but none are heavy and the eye appeal is excellent for the grade. Just 4,850 minted.
Rich satiny luster and a strong strike with nice clean surfaces. Just 4,850 minted but an issue that saw heavy circulation. Much rarer in mint state than most of the later dates even though many of those had lower mintages.
Closed 3. Mint records show only 25 proofs minted in 1873, but a small number of business strikes were also minted - an estimated 100 coins. This is a very attractive example with flashy yellow-gold luster off semi proof-like surfaces. There is just a touch of 'rub' and only minimal marks with none being significant enough to detract from the excellent eye appeal of this great rarity! This is a date that is seldom available at auction or out of a dealers inventory!
Sharp detail with bright luster off proof-like surfaces. Blemishes are limited to minor tics, but nothing significant, and a lavender copper spot below the date. Just 1,468 minted and only 2 have graded finer than this example at NGC!
Well struck with rich rose-gold luster and nice eye appeal.
Rich satiny deep gold luster over minimally abraded surfaces. A nice choice for a quality 'type' set.
Well struck with fewer marks than expected for the grade and nice satiny yellow-gold surfaces.
Well struck with no significant marks and 'fresh' blazing yellow-gold luster. Just 1,000 minted but thankfully some high quality examples were saved by early collectors.
In a series that is populated by low mintage dates, 1881 takes the prize for the lowest regular issue mintage at a miniscule 500 coins. This is a pleasing example with a strong strike and orange-gold proof-like surfaces that have a faint greenish hue. Minor tics define the grade, but none are heavy and the design features are undisturbed. A popular rarity and a nice coin for the grade!