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SERIES: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1856-S $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
7975
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
34,500
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$54,050 • PCGS MS64 • 2-9-2016 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 36 / 41 TIE 36 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 7 / 41 TIE 7 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3095, $54,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade

South Texas Collection $3.00 Gold Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Superior, sold privately in 3/1978 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:658, $34,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3095, $54,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade

South Texas Collection $3.00 Gold Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Superior, sold privately in 3/1978 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:658, $34,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  

Richard C. Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:616, $43,700 - Ohringer Family Trust Holdings - Goldbergs 9/2008:1233, $43,700

4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 estimated grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1856-S has the fifth highest mintage of the series and, not surprisingly, the fifth greatest number of auction records in our 238 catalogue auction survey. However, the overwhelming majority of those records are for low grade specimens (116 out of 177 were VF or less) and, indeed, the 1856-S is very difficult to obtain better then EF. In fact, this date is ranked third overall in rarity according to average grade, although it is more obtainable in unc. than the 1854-D, 1865, or the other S Mint three dolalr gold pieces. There are three different size mintmarks on the 1856-S, small, medium, and large. The small S is the same size as on the 1860-S while the large S is the same as on the 1855-S and 1857-S. The most common of the three varieties is the Medium S variety and both the Large S and Small S varieties are rare in any condition.