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

1884 $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8006
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • NGC MS67 • 4-1-2009 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 250 R-6.6 4 / 41 4 / 41
60 or Better 140 R-7.6 23 / 41 TIE 23 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 12 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

Great Lakes Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 estimated grade  

American Princess Collection of $3 Gold - Heritage 4/2009:2696, $46,000

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

Great Lakes Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 estimated grade  

American Princess Collection of $3 Gold - Heritage 4/2009:2696, $46,000

1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In terms of total population, the 1884 $3 is the rarest of all the dates in the 1880's.  However, it is not the most difficult to obtain in Mint State -- that distinction belongs to the 1881.  The 1884 appears most often in MS63, but there are a fair number of MS64's and a few Gems, as well.  Top examples include two PCGS MS66's (one from the Great Lakes Collection and another from the South Texas Collection) and some NGC MS67's.

The 1884 $3 is an extremely popular date because of its very small mintage.


David Akers (1975/88): This is another very low mintage date and is the second most underrated business strike three dollar gold piece of the 1880's. (In my opinion, the 1886 is the most underrated.) In our survey of 238 catalogues, this date ranked 8th in rarity according to number of appearances although it did rate next to last according to rarity by average grade. As with the 1880 and several other dates as well, this is because virtually every known 1884 is uncirculated or very nearly so. However, although most specimens are uncirculated, very few of them are really choice, and strict MS-65 specimens have been known to command large premiums.