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

1859 $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
7979
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
15,558
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$38,188 • NGC MS66 • 6-5-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 32 / 41 TIE 32 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 25 / 41 TIE 25 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 16 / 41 TIE 16 / 41 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 2/2014:5339, $36,718.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4072, $32,900

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 2/2014:5339, $36,718.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4072, $32,900

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Except for the comparatively common 1874 and 1878, the 1859 has the highest mintage of any three dollar gold piece after 1858. In fact, it had the ninth highest mintage of any date in the series, and since its mintage is only 15,638, this fact merely dramatizes how rare coins in this series really are. Uncirculated specimens are occasionally available but choice mint state 1859's are far more rare than most of the other very low mintage dates of the 1880's.