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1889 $3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
8011
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.02 grams
Mintage:
2,300
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 55
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 32 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 34 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 41
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 32 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 34 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 41

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 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 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2017:10166, $14,400

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
#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

MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#5 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 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2017:10166, $14,400

#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 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.