1881 $3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
8003
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.02 grams
Mintage:
500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 5 / 41 TIE 5 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 13 / 41 13 / 41
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 41
65 or Better 1 / 41 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 41
65 or Better 1 / 41 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:7064, $24,087.50

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:7064, $24,087.50

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1881 is notable in that it has the lowest official mintage of any three dollar gold piece regularly issued for circulation. Despite the ultra low mintage of only 554 pieces, a figure which includes 54 proofs, the 1881 ranks only 21st in rarity in our 238 catalogue auction survey according to the number of appearances and 28th in rarity according to average grade. Every specimen that I have seen is proof-like.

Although with most dates the tendency is to mistake first strike uncirculated pieces for proofs, I can say that in the case of the 1881, I have seen several proofs called first strike uncs! Actually choice uncs and proofs of this date are about equal in rarity and bring approximately the same price when offered at auction.