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

1871 $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
7993
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,300
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$70,500 • PCGS MS67 • 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 650 R-5.7 19 / 41 TIE 19 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 21 / 41 TIE 21 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 8 / 41 TIE 8 / 41 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS64+ PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): With a mintage of only 1,330 poeces, the 1871 has one of the lowest mintages in the entire series. It is also one of the rarest in terms of pieces available. However, most of the known specimens are relatively high grade. I have seen a small number of choice uncirculated examples of this date, with possibly the finest being the gem that appeared in the Marks Sale in November, 1972. All of the choice specimens that I have seen of this date were fully proof-like and could easily be mistaken by some for proofs. However, the position of the date is markedly different on proofs than it is on uncs. The date on the proofs is higher in the field and is nearly centered between DOLLARS and the bow, while on the business strikes, it is very low with the 7 nearly touching the ribbon.