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

1889 $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8011
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,300
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$62,100 • PCGS MS67 • 3-8-2005 • American Numismatic Rarities
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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 400 R-6.2 34 / 41 TIE 34 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 55 R-8.4 29 / 41 29 / 41
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Richard C. Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:660, $62,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2157, $38,188

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 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 2/2016:3131, $18,800

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Richard C. Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:660, $62,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2157, $38,188

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 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 2/2016:3131, $18,800

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): This is the last year of issue for three dollar gold pieces and therefore, despite the low mintage, one might naturally expect that a sizable number of choice examples exist that were saved as momentos of a disappearing denomination. To be sure, there are some choice examples that were saved, but the 1889 is certainly more difficult to obtain in choice condition than the 1879, 1880, or 1882. Of course, it is also much more scarce in any condition than either the 1887 or 1888. The majority of the choice uncirculated 1889's that I have seen have been frosty or at most partially proof-like. I have seen several fully proof-like 1889's, but do not feel that they would be mistaken for proofs since they lack a proof's depth of field and characteristic orange peel surface.